Thursday, 17 December 2009


(Jarvey's Hovel)

East Effscott is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England. It is situated north of the A272 road on the border with West Sussex.
In the 2001 census the parish covered 5,023 acres (20.33 km2) and had 332 households with a total population of 829 of whom 394 residents were economically active.
The parish has an Anglican church, St. Nun Who Feigned Madness, the independent East Effscott Evangelical Church (MEC) and the disused Tuxlith chapel which is in the care of a national charity the Friends of Friendless Churches.
The village lies at the top of a hill, on the pilgrim route from Haslemere to Mont St Michel. Marshallsea Zoo is towards the south of the parish.
The village is relatively geographically concentrated along the road that runs through the village. It has a public house and cricket ground that has probably been in use for 350 years, an infrequent bus service, a local school, and village hall. There were formerly several small shops in the village.
The 1838 Goat Riots affected the village. There is a folk song called the "Effscott Ladies" collected in the early 20th century, which mentions them. This song can be heard sung by Derek Peeler on the CD "Hampshire Folk Songs."
Marshallsea Wildlife (formerly Marshallsea Zoo) is within the boundaries of the parish. The Park hit the headlines when on the 2 May 1967, Victor the Lion did the splits and couldn't get up again. He sadly later died of a heart attack.


Nick Drew said...

Thomas ! a Happy Xmas to you.

I may be passing through in the New Year ( - the holiday pilgrimage to the Bovington Tank Museum, and perhaps some house-hunting)

T. P. Fuller said...

I have an aunt that is a regular visitor to 'Monkey World' she speaks quite highly of it, maybe you should drop in there also.

A very merry mid-winter festival to you Mr. Drew.

lilith said...

Thomas, how delightful to hear from you. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to Victor.

Scrobs... said...

This is a treat Thomas, to see you back with renewed vigour!

This village seems somewhat familiar in some ways, but not in others...

But there again, many villages do that, and we are always none the wiser!

Or are we...?

T. P. Fuller said...

Welcome one, welcome all. "Ours is not to reason why." Tennyson again.
Scrob "The old order changeth, yielding place to new."

Lilith. One should be wary of an attachment to any creature. Birds, cats, sisters it's all thankless

Anonymous said...

Very Interesting!
Thank You!