HistoryThis building used to be Rockford Primary School, which closed in the 1960s. There is a photo in the bar of the school in 1940 when it was requisitioned for military purposes in connection with Ibsley Airfield. George Gale & Co bought the building and turned it into a public house and in 2005 it was acquired by Fullers.
The pub's name derives from a somewhat gruesome tale involving the last woman to be publicly beheaded in England, Lady Alice Lisle.
Lisle was a daughter of Sir White Beconshaw of Moyles Court at Ellingham (just down the road, now Moyles Court School). On 20 July 1685, a fortnight after the Battle of Sedgemoor, Lady Alice agreed to shelter John Hickes, a well-known Nonconformist minister. Hickes, who was a member of Monmouth's defeated army, brought with him Richard Nelthorpe - a supporter of Monmouth and under sentence for outlawry. The men spent the night at Moyles Court and were arrested in the morning. Alice Lisle initially denied that they were there but was later charged with harbouring traitors.
Lady Alice's case was tried by Judge Jeffreys at the opening of the Bloody Assizes at Winchester. She pleaded she had no knowledge that Hickes's offence was anything more serious than illegal preaching, that she had known nothing of Nelthorpe and that she had no sympathy with the rebellion whatsoever. Yet the jury reluctantly found her guilty and she was sentenced to be burned - later commuted to beheading by James II.
On 2 September 1685, Lady Alice Lisle was publicly executed in Winchester marketplace, where a plaque marks the spot - opposite The Eclipse Inn near Winchester Cathedral. She is buried in a tomb on the right hand side of the porch at St Mary and All Saints Church, in Ellingham, Hampshire
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