Place:Lasham, Hampshire, England

Alt namesEssehamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 124
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.167°N 1.033°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoOdiham Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Bermondspit Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Alton Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
East Hampshire District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Lasham is a small village and civil parish in the East Hampshire District of Hampshire. It is 3.4 miles (5.5 km) northwest of Alton, east of the A339 road between Basingstoke and Alton.

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.

Lasham Airfield was constructed in 1942 on high ground north of the village as an RAF wartime airfield. The airfield is now a major centre for the sport of gliding. 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.

Previously, for some 200 years, Lasham was part of the Herriard Park estate (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.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 4, chapter on Lasham.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons
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