St Mary the Virgin parish church
Ludgershall is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population409 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP661174
Civil parish
  • Ludgershall
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAylesbury
Postcode districtHP18
Dialling code01844
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteLudgershall Village Buckinghamshire
List of places
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 unitary authority area 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.
  7. ^ Page 1927, pp. 68–73.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Ludgershall (1124276)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Ludgershall Bike Night". Retrieved 29 June 2015.[permanent dead link]

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