Basinghall Avenue, EC2R

Place Name

Named after the powerful Basing family who were prominent in the City at the beginning of the 13thCentury. The ward is named for Basinghall, the mansion house of the Bassing family, King Henry III granted Adam de Basing “certain houses in Aldermanbury and in Milk-street; the advowson of the church at Bassings hall; with other liberties and privileges”. It was s0 called from the late 12thCentury Bassingshage or Bassiehaghe, derived from Basings’ haga an Old English word for an enclosed house, By 1220, Bassingehawe was recorded, Basingeshawe’ followed in 1279 and later as Bassings hall streete in 1603. John Leake’s 1667 map of the City of London refers to the ward as Basinghall ward. The family were originally from Basingstoke in Hampshire where they owned large tracts of land, hence their name. The area itself is thought to be the land of the people of Basa or Basing. By 1287 the family had produced two Lord Mayors of London. The family also gave their names to The City Ward of Bassishaw, Basinghall Street, Basing Court, and Basing Street.

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