Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire

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St Mary the Virgin parish church
Ludgershall is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population 409 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SP661174
Civil parish
  • Ludgershall
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Aylesbury
Postcode district HP18
Dialling code 01844
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
Website Ludgershall Village Buckinghamshire
List of places
51°51′07″N 1°02′28″W / 51.852°N 1.041°W / 51.852; -1.041Coordinates: 51°51′07″N 1°02′28″W / 51.852°N 1.041°W / 51.852; -1.041
The former schoolhouse, now a private home

Ludgershall is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is near the boundary with Oxfordshire, about 5.5 miles (9 km) south-east of Bicester and 5 miles (8 km) west of Waddesdon.


The toponym is said to be derived from the Old English for "nook with a trapping spear"[2] but this is disputed.[3] It occurs in more than one place in England (see Ludgershall (disambiguation)). The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village as Litlegarsele. The place spelt at Lotegarshale, seen in 1381, may refer to the Buckinghamshire village, or the one in Wiltshire.[4]


Henry II granted land in the parish to the priory of Santingfeld in Picardy, France. It is possible that a hospital was founded on this land, although it is uncertain. In the reign of Henry VI, when all alien church possessions were seized by the Crown, this land was given to King's College, Cambridge.[5][6]

The theologian John Wyclif was vicar of Ludgershall 1368–74.[7]

St Mary the Virgin Church

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin on Church Lane is a Grade I listed church, dating from the 14th century with 19th century additions. The Bible scholar John Wycliffe is reported to have been an early vicar. [8]

Ludgershall Bike Night

The village plays host to an annual charity motorbike night, typically on the first Monday in July. The free to attend meet sees riders of vintage, classic and contemporary motorcycles gather on the village green.[9] The event is attended by multiple motorcycle clubs and enthusiasts alike.


  1. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics 2011 Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  2. ^ Tengstrand, Erik (1940). Genitival Composition in Old English Place-names. Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksells. p. 219.
  3. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 306–307. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  4. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/483; ; 5 entry
  5. ^ Page 1905, p. 395.
  6. ^ "King's College Estates Records". King's College, University of Cambridge. Archived from the original (Microsoft Word document) on 28 September 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Page 1927, pp. 68–73.
  8. ^ "Church of St Mary, Ludgershall". Historic England.
  9. ^ "Ludgershall Bike Night". Retrieved 2015-06-29. [permanent dead link]

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