Monk Sherborne and Ramsdell lie north of the A339 Basingstoke to Newbury road; "Sherborne" suggests a clear stream. History records that the Manor of Monk Sherborne was held in the reign of Edward the Confessor by one Alnod Cild. At the time of the Domesday Survey it belonged to Hugh de Port, as a reward for his valiance at Hastings; his son Henry gave it to the Benedictine Priory which he founded there - hence the "Monk". The area was settled in prehistoric times and many Roman items have been found, suggesting it as the site of an important villa. All Saints at Monk Sherborne (Grade I listed) is an unusually complete example of an early Norman church, retaining much of its original shape and simplicity.
Ramsdell has a 19th century church (pictured), and there is a Methodist chapel in Charter Alley. Local pubs include the Queen's College Arms, the White Hart and the Mole, built on the old village green at Monk Sherborne. Queen's College, Oxford is a significant local property owner.
Monk Sherborne and District has a very active horticultural society, which celebrated its own Golden Jubilee, along with Her Majesty's, with a garden showcase at Chelsea in 2002.
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