Basing can trace its history back with certainty to Saxon times. The parish takes its name from the Basingas, the Saxon tribe and followers of a man called Basa – who first settled in the area (hence the name of the parish magazine – Basinga).
Alfred (before he was king) was defeated here in the Saxon v Dane Battle of Basing in AD871. Lychpit is reputed to be the burial ground of those killed in that battle.
As the settlement grew, so did the demand for land so some inhabitants moved a little to the west and Basingstoke (stoke being stockade or suburb) was born. It’s worth remembering that Basingstoke, the great metropolis dominating central north Hampshire, has its origins in Basing.
The village is perhaps best known for the ruins of Basing House