Ellisfield is a
village in the Basingstoke district
of Hampshire, England. It lies approximately 4 miles
(6.4 km) south of Basingstoke on the other side of the M3 motorway from
the town. As a parish it is grouped together with Cliddesden, Dummer and Farleigh Wallop.
The name Ellisfield derives from the Old English word ielfsanfeld, meaning open land of Iellfsa. At the time of the Domesday Survey (1086) Ellisfield was part of the estate of the Bishop of Bayeux. It was held by Hugh de Port and later the St Johns. The manor was held by a favourite of Henry VIII, Sir William Sandys, in 1496. He later became Lord Chancellor and was created Baron Sandys. In 1657, the fifth Lord Sandys served with Charles I at the Battle of Cheriton. The property was sold and divided, to be reformed in 1789 by John Wallop, Earl of Portsmouth.
There is a pub, The Fox, and St Martin's Church, which has 13th-century origins.
Part of Ellisfield has been designated as a conservation area by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council. The conservation area comprises four of the settlements that lead to the creation of the village: Merritt's Farm, Ellisfield Manor, The Old Manor and Ellisfield Green. All are joined by a series of lanes running east/west, linking the A339 with the B3046. Part of this route formed the Harrow Way, an ancient trackway across Southern England from Dover to Stonehenge and then Cornwall. The remainder of the village lies outside the Conservation Area, further south along Green Lane, College Lane, Berrydown Road and Axford Road.
Civility and Respect Pledge
Ellisfield Parish Council has now signed up to the Civility and Respect Pledge
Dates for your Diary
15th January 2024 7pm- Parish Council Meeting