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Eversley is a village and civil parish in the Hart district of northeast Hampshire, England. The village is located around 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Basingstoke and around 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Yateley. The River Blackwater, and the border with Berkshire, form the northern boundary of the parish.

Eversley
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Warbrook House
Eversley is located in Hampshire
Eversley
Eversley
Location within Hampshire
Population1,653 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSU780615
Civil parish
  • Eversley
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHOOK
Postcode districtRG27 0xx
Dialling code0118
PoliceHampshire
FireHampshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire
51°20′53″N 0°52′31″W / 51.348145°N 0.875301°W / 51.348145; -0.875301Coordinates: 51°20′53″N 0°52′31″W / 51.348145°N 0.875301°W / 51.348145; -0.875301

Eversley is regarded as a wealthy community and is situated in the least deprived local council area in England.

CharacterEdit

 
The Chequers is a Grade II listed building and was built in the 17th century with 19th- and 20th-century additions.[2]

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 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. Eversley Centre and Eversley Cross (to the north of Yateley) are contiguous and constitute the main part of the village, whilst Eversley 'village' lies around 1 mile to the north on the A327 road towards Arborfield.

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.

 
St Mary's Church, Eversley

The churchyard is the burial-place of Charles Kingsley, who for 35 years was rector of the parish. As you enter the churchyard, Kinglsey's grave is to be found to the left of the path some 10 metres beyond the entrance gate. Kingsley 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 be a comment on local social conditions in the mid-nineteenth century, and an attack on the attitudes of local landlords. A copy of the poem can be found in the church.

EducationEdit

Charles Kingsley's Primary SchoolEdit

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 2011, it was inspected by OFSTED, and it received an outstanding on everything possible report. The school was named as one of 253 in the list of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Skills Annual Report. Charles Kingsley's is one of only 67 schools to be named on that list twice. Its recent exam results show the school to be in the top 1% of the country.

St. Neot's Preparatory SchoolEdit

There is also an independent preparatory school in the village. The school was founded in Sunningdale in 1888 as a proprietorial boys’ preparatory boarding school, but since it has seen much evolution. It moved to the current site in Eversley in 1894, acquired charitable trust status under a governing board in 1955, opened a co-educational pre-prep in 1988 and attained full co-education in 1990. Since 1997 the school has worked a five-day week, with weekly and flexi-boarding from Year 3. The boarding ceased in 2015. The boar was taken as a symbol of the school, replacing the deer, to link it with the meaning of the name of the village Eversley.

The school currently accommodates around 350 pupils ranging in age from 3 months to 13 years. In 2013, the school celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Modern notorietyEdit

On 1 April 1992, Jacqueline Palmer-Radford, a 40-year-old mother of two, was murdered. She had been raped and strangled and was found suffocated at her home Riversdale House (a former Post Office until 1981 which was demolished in 1996/7 and replaced by two executive houses). Her killer has never been found.

The case remains unsolved despite being featured on BBC TV's Crimewatch programme.[1][2][3][4]

Notable peopleEdit

SportEdit

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 F.C. was founded in 1910. They became the first winners of the Surrey Elite Intermediate League in 2009 and gained promotion to Division One of the Combined Counties League for the 2009-10 season.

ReferencesEdit

Notes

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1092344)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 December 2014.

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