Ebbesbourne Wake is a small village tucked away near the head of the valley of the River Ebble, its parish church is dedicated to St John Baptist, which for local residents is conveniently located near to the village inn!
The village is noted in the Domesday Book (1086) as Eblesborne and although history does not recall how or why, Hereward the Wake’s coat of arms today can be seen on the church tower. By 1249 it was known as Ebbelburn Wak and by 1785 had become Ebbesbourne Wake.
Ebbesbourne Wake now plays host each June to the Chalke Valley History Festival, the largest festival dedicated entirely to History in the UK. Offering a unique blend of talks, discussions and debates with eminent speakers, alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment and stunning air show, it is a celebration of history like no other.