SU 663-526 Hampshire England
Basing House is an early 12th century earth and timber ringwork and bailey fortress, founded by the de Port family. In 1261, Robert de St John founded the stone castle, when adding a keep and a gatehouse encased by a heighten rampart but the outer defences remained of timber. In 1531, Sir William Paulet, constructed the Citadel inside the ringwork, when he was granted a licence to crenellate. Later to the north east of the ringwork, he constructed a brick Tudor palace, comprising of a series of rectangular buildings, arranged around a central courtyard. In 1643, Civil War earthwork defences, were added to the castle, which was under siege, until being stormed by Oliver Cromwell in 1645. The castle was then slighted, with the remainder being demolished after the Restoration. Both buildings of this possible successor to Olivers Battery, now survive as ruins.
Basing House is located in Old Basing, off The Street. 3 miles east of Basingstoke, on the A30.
The site is owned by Hampshire County Council and is open, Saturday to Thursday March to October 11:00-4:00pm, November to February pre-booked groups only.
There is a car park.