Eversley

Eversley

Eversley is a village and civil parish in the Hart District of North-East Hampshire, 21 km North East of Basingstoke. Its northern boundary is formed by the River Blackwater.

Character

Eversley means 'Wild Boar Clearing' and the boar is the symbol of the village, as shown on the village sign. The parish contains a number of small hamlets: Eversley Village (sometimes called Eversley Street), Eversley Centre, Eversley Cross, Lower Common and Up Green. The historical parish also included Bramshill, a modern civil parish largely covered by plantation forest, but also including the early 17th century Bramshill House.

There are a number of other large country houses in Eversley: Firgrove Manor (now apartments), Glaston Hill House (private residence) and Warbrook House (now a Conference Centre). Monuments to their residents can be seen in St Mary's Church, a medieval building mostly rebuilt in the 18th century. The churchyard is the burial-place of Charles Kingsley, who for 35 years was rector of the parish. Kingslye was a significant author and commentator in the 19th century. Among other novels he wrote "The Water Babies" and "Westward Ho!". Kingsley was also a social critic and an early founder of 'Christian Socialism'. One of his poems, "The Bad Squire", may very well bea comment on local social conditions in the mid-nineteenth century, and an attack on the sttitudes of local landlords. A copy of the poem can be found in the church. The present incumbent is the Reverend Mike Saunders, who is a decent bloke, and also Vicar of St. Barnabas, Darby Green.

There are four public houses in Eversley: The Cross (formerly called Le Toad and Stumps, and formerly still called The Lamb), The Golden Pot, The White Hart and The Chequers. The Tally Ho is just over the river in Finchampstead, Berkshire. Eversley Mill is a well-known restaurant and although it also stands north of the Blackwater, the county border deviates from the river to encompass it.

Charles Kingsley's Primary School

In Eversley there is a primary school called Charles Kingsley's Primary School, founded by Charles Kingsley in 1853. It is a Christian school which offers mostly Christian Ethos. In 2004, it was inspected by OFSTED, and it received an outstanding report. The school was named as one of 364 in the list of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Skills Annual Report. Charles Kingsley's is one of only 271 schools to be named on that list twice.

Sport in Eversley

Eversley Cricket Club

Cricket has been played on the picturesque ground at Cross Green, Eversley for 220 summers. Eversley Cricket Club is one of the oldest in Hampshire. There is a big colts section and the men's teams are very successful.

Eversley Football Club

Eversley Football Club was founded in 1910 and they currently play in the Surrey Intermediate - Premier Division, where they are currently mid-table.

Celebrities

Eversley is home to many celebrities, including Leroy Lita of Reading Football Club and Will Carling, former professional rugby player and more.

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