Lasham

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Coordinates: 51°10′36″N 1°02′01″W / 51.17677°N 1.033553°W / 51.17677; -1.033553

Lasham
St Marys Parish Church, Lasham, Hampshire-12Oct2009.jpg
St Mary's Church, Lasham
Lasham is located in Hampshire
Lasham
Lasham
 Lasham shown within Hampshire
Population 466 
OS grid reference SU675424
Civil parish Lasham
District East Hampshire
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALTON
Postcode district GU34
Dialling code 01256
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire

Lasham is a small village and civil parish in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. It is 3.4 miles (5.5 km) northwest of Alton, east of the A339 road between Basingstoke and Alton.

Post box and village notice board, with The Royal Oak public house (background)
Lasham village pond in spring

In the centre of the village is the church of St Mary (C of E) and a public house, the Royal Oak. [1]

A short distance to the south is a large village pond surrounded by trees, reeds and thatched cottages. It is fed by rain water and local springs and is the home of wild waterfowl such as ducks (generally mallards), resident moorhens, and sometimes a visiting heron looking for fish.

The entrance to a large country house, Lasham House, is just to the south of the pond. The centre of the village retains much of its original character, with thatched cottages and other traditional village buildings.

Many houses in the village have been modernised and extended. Examples include the Old Post Office near the church, and Pear Tree Cottage, which used to be the home of the blacksmith. In the grounds of Pear Tree Cottage stands an 18th-century building that housed a forge and the blacksmith's shop.

Until recent times, the village's name was pronounced 'Lass-um' or 'Lass-am', but now it is generally pronounced 'Lash-am', with the middle "sh" sounded.

The nearest railway station is in Alton, 3.4 miles (5.5 km) southeast of the village. The nearest shop is Avenue Garden Centre on Avenue Road, which sells a wide range of goods and includes a restaurant.[2]. This is accessed from the village though Highfield Road to the northeast. Other shops are in Alton to the south east.

Lasham Airfield was built in 1942 to the north of the village, and is now the site of the largest gliding centre in the UK and a company that services airliners.

The Royal Navy used the village name for a Ham class minesweeper, HMS Lasham, which was operational from 1954 to 1981.

Lasham Airfield[edit]

Lasham Airfield in May 2006, looking east. The village is on the right and Avenue Road is on the left, parallel with the main runway

Lasham Airfield was constructed in 1942 on high ground north of the village. An avenue of beech trees that was originally planted by George Jervoise in 1809 was partially cut down to make way for the north side of the airfield, and the road running east–west just north of the airfield is still called "Avenue Road".

The Basingstoke–Alton road used to pass through Lasham village but as the land to the north was needed for the west end of the main runway, the road between the Avenue and Lasham village was diverted to the west on lower ground and now by-passes the village, passing between Lasham and Bentworth just west of the old railway station. This road was made of large concrete "sets" and was built by Italian prisoners of war who were housed in a camp at Thedden Grange southwest of Bentworth.

The airfield is now a major centre for the sport of gliding and is owned by Lasham Gliding Society, which bought the land from the Ministry of Defence. The airfield is also used by a company called ATC Lasham Ltd, which services airliners, mainly made by Boeing, in hangars on the south side of the main runway. ATC Lasham is a major employer in the area.[1]

Humbly Grove Oil Field and Gas Storage[edit]

Humbly Grove gas facility, Weston Common, Lasham

The Humbly Grove oil field, north and east of the airfield, was discovered in 1980 and production began in 1984, with up to 1000 barrels a day of crude oil being piped to the terminal at Holybourne, near Alton. In 1995 the oil field was developed into an underground gas storage facility, with a gas pipeline linking it to the national gas grid at Barton Stacey. The replenished gas cap on the oil field increased the pressure on the remaining oil, boosting production and increasing the lifetime of the extraction.[2]

Highfield Site[edit]

This is a small group of business units on the road running north east from the church to Avenue Road, just outside the houses of the village proper.

Lasham parish[edit]

The church of St Mary, Lasham (CofE), was constructed in 1866 on the site of an older church, some of which went back to Saxon times.

The current Lasham parish boundary [3] is Avenue Road

The Avenue, an old print and today

to the north, the A339 to the west and south (except for a small extension west to Spain Lane towards Burkham, and a line to the east between Lasham and Shalden.

Previously, for some 200 years, Lasham was part of the Herriard Park estate [4] (which still exists today to the north of the parish). The villages of Herriard and Lasham used to have the same rector, the rectory being in Lasham. Today Lasham is part of a larger CofE benefice which includes the villages of Bentworth, Lasham, Medstead and Shalden, the Rector living in Bentworth.

Avenue Road. An avenue of beech trees was planted in 1809 by George Purefoy Jervoise MP, to commemorate the golden jubilee of King George III in 1810. The original avenue was one mile long but in 1942 when Lasham Airfield was constructed, some of the avenue was cut down. When the plans became known, Sir George Jeffreys MP wrote a letter of objection which was published in the London Times newspaper on 7 October 1941. The Jervoise family continue to own the land to the north of the airfield today.

Transport links[edit]

The village was formerly served by the Bentworth and Lasham railway station on the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway, until its closure to passenger traffic in 1932.

Today, the A339 Alton-Basingstoke road runs to the west of the village and the B3349 Alton-Odiham road to the east. Avenue Road, mentioned above and running on the north side of Lasham Airfield, connects the A339 to the B3349 at the Golden Pot public house at the top of the hill between Alton and Odiham. [5]

Geography[edit]

Lasham and surrounding villages[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATC Lasham Ltd
  2. ^ "Star Energy - Humbly Grove Gas Storage". 14 April 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009. [dead link]

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