The Alice Lisle is a country pub in Rockford, just outside of Ringwood and just within the New Forest cattle grid. With a large beer garden overlooking Rockford Lake the pub has a pleasing aspect and is set back a distance from the road. The pub has a large carpark.
Lady Alice Lisle
The inn is named after a former local whose home was round the corner at Moyles Court. Alice or Lady Alice Lisle was charged with harbouring a pair of traitors from Monmouth’s defeated army at Moyles Court. Unfortunately for the elderly Lady Alice she was tried by the Right Honourable George, Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys. The notorious “Hanging Judge” aka “Bloody Jeffreys” was presiding over the the trials now known as the Bloody Assizes at Winchester.
Jeffreys didn’t let the fact that there was no valid case against Dame Alice acquit her. None of the men Alice harboured had actually been convicted of treason. This was not going to stop Jeffreys. Alice’s husband, Sir John Lisle who had died twenty years earlier, had been one of the judges at the trial of Charles I. Jeffreys reminded the jury that Alice was a regicide and three times he refused to accept the jury’s not guilty verdict. After he warned the jury men that each and every one of them could be tried for treason too; they returned on the fourth time with a guilty verdict. Jeffreys sentenced Alice to burn.
News of the crummy trial spread quickly through the city of Winchester and across the New Forest. Fearing a riot the bishop and clergy of Winchester appealed to the king who commuted her sentence to beheading. 68 year old Dame Alice was beheaded at Winchester market-place on 2 September 1685.
The Alice Lisle Pub Tel: 01425 474700