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Location Old Basing and Lychpit, Basingstoke and Deane, United Kingdom
51° 16′ 13.8″ N, 1° 03′ 09″ W
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Lychpit (cy); Old Basing and Lychpit (ceb); Lychpit (fr); Lychpit (en); Lychpit (nl) pentref yn Hampshire (cy); village britannique (fr); kylä Yhdistyneessä kuningaskunnassa (fi); village in United Kingdom (en); قرية في المملكة المتحدة (ar); селище в Обединено кралство Великобритания и Северна Ирландия (bg); dorp in Verenigd Koninkrijk (nl) Lychpit, Hampshire (en)
English: Lychpit is now the name of a modern housing development adjacent to Old Basing near Basingstoke, Hampshire. The modern development started in the early 1980s but the area has an ancient past associated with that of Old Basing. The name derives from a wooded dell that still exists at the western end of Little Basing. Lych or Lich being the Old English name for a corpse, it is assumed that the pit was therefore some kind of mass burial ground, local tradition associating it with the Danish victory over Alfred's Saxons at the Battle of Basing in 871. Another possibility is that it was used to bury casualties of the Battle of Basing House, where Oliver Cromwell's troops laid siege to and eventually sacked this large private house. Several of the local roads bear the names of Cromwell's officers e.g. Norton Ride and Gage Close.