East Ilsley

East Ilsley

East Ilsley is a village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire.

It is situated at gbmapping|SU492811 in West Berkshire, north of Newbury very close to the A34 road which bypasses the village.

In 1620 East Ilsley was granted a charter to hold a sheep market in the village, this became the second largest sheep market, after Smithfield, London.

There is also a West Ilsley nearby.

Either West Ilsley or East Ilsley may have been the site of the Battle of Ashdown (Alfred the Great's victory against the Danes), the etymology of the name "Ilsley" is that it may be derived from "Hilde-Laege" which means "Place of Conflict".


* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/villages/eastilsley.html Royal Berkshire History: East Ilsley]

External links

* [http://www.eastilsley-pc.gov.uk/ East Ilsley Parish Council Web Site, a useful source for finding local organisations]
* [http://www.east.ilsley.btinternet.co.uk/ East Ilsley Village Heritage Website]

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