Chapter 7. The Civil War
- Cromwell Blows the Crap out of Basing House
historical high-water mark for Basing House was during the English Civil
War when it was personally blown to pieces by Oliver Cromwell and his
puritanical army of Roundheads. The house, which was generally considered
to be fabulous, was inhabited at the time by The Marquis of Winchester,
further evidence that even in historical times, basingstoke was a much
better place to live than Winchester. Like all hereditary piers at the
time, the Marquis was of course a staunch royalist. He did a terrific
job of repelling repeated attacks by Sir William Waller (Willy Wally,
as he is known locally), withstanding his sieges and killing a bunch
of roundheads in the "Bloody Barn".
This went on for well into the war until at last Cromwell
himself was forced to stop off on his way back up North and blast the
place into the pages of history.