East Ilsley

East Ilsley
East Ilsley, Berkshire.jpg
East Ilsley's village pond and small green with homes
East Ilsley is located in Berkshire
East Ilsley
East Ilsley
Location within Berkshire
Area 15.02 km2 (5.80 sq mi)
Population 1,571 (2011 census)[1]
• Density 105/km2 (270/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU4981
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newbury
Postcode district RG20
Dialling code 01635
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
UK Parliament
Website Official website
List of places
51°30′54″N 1°15′14″W / 51.515°N 1.254°W / 51.515; -1.254Coordinates: 51°30′54″N 1°15′14″W / 51.515°N 1.254°W / 51.515; -1.254

East Ilsley is a village and civil parish in the Berkshire or Lambourn Downs northern part of West Berkshire, north of Newbury centred immediately east of the A34 road dual carriageway which passes through the length of the village from north to south. It is in the ceremonial and historic county of Berkshire and has the vast majority of its buildings in a traditional clustered centre.


The village has a highest grade listed church that is mostly made from medieval stone, a minority of other buildings close by which are listed and pubs.

East Ilsley has an area to picnic by the pond, feeding the ducks, spend a few moments. Football is made available by local subscription on the recreation playground.[2]


Sheep market

In 1620 East Ilsley was granted a charter to hold a sheep market in the village, however informally held from the reign of Henry II of England. This became the second largest sheep market, after Smithfield, London throughout the 19th century.[3][4]


The parish was anciently called Hildersley, as in a medieval inscription in the church. West Ilsley was a hamlet in Ilsley. Ilsley has been attributed by antiquaries as a leading contender for the uncertain site of the Battle of Ashdown (Alfred the Great's victory against the Danes).[3][4] Hilde-Laege a strong plausible root of Hildersley means "Battle place".

Economy in the 1870s

Its real property (farms and homes) were worth £4,490 (equivalent to £432,779 in 2019) and its population in the United Kingdom Census 1871 was 746. It had 130 houses. This capital was remarked in a contemporary description as owned by a few. The manor belonged to Capt. Woodley, and great part of the land to Col. Robert Loyd-Lindsay. The benefice remained in the default form of a rectory (rather than a vicarage) in the diocese of Oxford, worth £722 (equivalent to £69,592 in 2019). Patron, Magdalen College, Oxford. There was by this time a National School.[4]

Notable inhabitants/births here


The church is partly Norman; has an early English style chancel, and an embattled tower; it was enlarged and repaired in 1845 and contains an old monument of one of the Hildesleys, ancient lords of the manor.


Public transport


East Ilsley's nearest station is Didcot Parkway, providing direct services to the West, West Midlands and London. The South Coast and East Anglia can be reached by changes at Reading/twice in London respectively. Historically, the village was served by Compton railway station, open from 1882 to 1962, on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway.


East Ilsley is served by buses 6 and 6A from Newbury.[5]


See A34 road.


The Ridgeway long-distance footpath passes through a subway below the A34 approximately one mile north of the village.

Racehorse training

Racehorses have been trained at East Ilsley for about 200 years, as an offshoot from the economic centre of training in the UK and Ireland, ten miles west at Lambourn.[6]


Of its 216 homes in 2011, majority in this parish were owner-occupied; just over 10% were socially rented. Further context is as follows:

2011 Census Key Statistics
Output area Population Homes Owned outright Owned with a loan Privately rented Socially rented Other km² km² Greenspace[n 1] km² gardens km² road[1]
East Ilsley (civil parish) 538 216 65 85 28 29 9 12.6 12.1 0.1 0.2

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