The Siege of Basing House by Will Howarth published on 2013/05/27 00:35:10 +0000 This is one of my first-year portfolio pieces. I'm quite proud of it. I'm still not really sure about the title, but as it stands, it's about Basing House at Old Basing in Hampshire where my Dad grew up. In 1645, during the English Civil War, the place was laid siege to by Cromwell, and subsequently ransacked by the local villagers. Really, the piece should be called 'The Ransacking of Basing House' as it's not quite bombastic enough for a siege, but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.