The Guide To Hamsphire

The Guide To Hamsphire


It's fair to say that the air in Southampton is never going to be clear of planes, and based on where the airport is set these days, I would guess it won't be neighbour friendly either. Nevertheless, with a railway station right next door (albeit a 25 minute walk away from the airport) and great air services from international airlines at competitive prices, it's not surprising the airport is set to grow over the upcoming years — it already has capacity for 3000 flights per year, but with the recent introduction of low-cost airline Norwegian Air into Southampton (to popular destinations such as Oslo), this figure looks set to grow substantially — adding more and more reason why you should choose to fly Southampton Airport in the future if you want to fly out of.

Annual Events

The New Forest Show is an agricultural show and horse event held every September at the end of the common ridings season, in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, This Is Hampshire ( It promises to have something for everyone, providing entertainment for all ages and interests. A traditional country fair takes place over three days. The event really kicks off after dark with a carnival atmosphere evening, a fireworks display and a funfair. The bandstand is the backdrop to the large variety of stands that include Arts and crafts, New Forest companies, local produce and hog roast dinners.

The arena hosts well-known names as well as up-and-coming acts within the entertainment industry. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people gather in the New Forest to ride, walk and party at the notoriously raucous New Forest Festival, which is held over four days in August (currently 2014). Every five years, an event similar in size to the Isle of Wight Festival used to take place near Sway on a site called Seaclose Park.

This festival has not been held since 2005. The New Forest Show is held annually in July at the end of a ten-day fayre, and attracts more than 180,000 attendees. It was last held at the Beaulieu Showground, which had been used since 1891, having previously being held at Lyndhurst's Redhill. Now in its third year is the Hampshire County Show, held at the end of July in Winchester and attracting over 220,000 visitors.

Before The Norman Conquest

The date of the arrival of the Romans in Britain is a matter of dispute. Some historians argue that they arrived just after 43 CE, when Claudius's invasion fleet was blown off course and arrived at present-day Bournemouth. Earlier Roman accounts of Britain mention the presence of 120,000 "British" warriors that led to the planning of an invasion against the English and British tribes. However these are thought to be rhetorical Greek and Roman accounts from historians writing centuries later based on oral history; there is little archaeological evidence for large-scale classical era conscription or forced settlement in Britain.


Hampshire's climate is generally warmer than the rest of the British Isles, being in the far south of England, and south-west of London. The mean average temperature for the year is 10 °C (50. 0 °F); for January it is 6 °C (42. 8 °F), and for July it is 15 °C (59. 0 °F). Rainfall, at 741 mm annually, is about half that of most of England. Hampshire's proximity to the sea has a moderating effect on its climate relative to inland areas, and the county can be cold in winter and sometimes experience sharp frosts when settled anticyclones bring clear skies and below-zero temperatures, but it warms up significantly.

Its location and low elevation makes the county experience mild temperatures. The average annual temperature between 1981 and 2010 was 10. 8 °C in Hampshire versus 9. 9 °C for the United Kingdom as a whole. Temperatures are not extreme in Hampshire, with the warmest ever UK temperature of 38. 5 °C having been recorded at Brogdale, near Faversham in 2003 during the European heat wave when many parts of Europe exceeded 40 °C.

As a result of its southerly position, however, nights are cooler than further north and much more variable from year to year. Hampshire's weather advisory service, MeteoGroup, has two separate weather stations in the county:  – Basingstoke, at the eastern edge of the county by Junction 11 of the M3 motorway and  – Farnborough (as part of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre). These stations both give hourly reports and observations on temperature, rainfall, sunshine, wind direction and strength.

It has an annual mean temperature of 8. 8 °C, which is above England's average of 8. 6 °C and centrally located between the average temperatures of Scotland and the rest of England. Annual rainfall averages about 940 mm (37 in) across the county, with a wetter and drier season from September to January. The weather station is at Winchester, in the east of the county. Hampshire's climate is generally temperate, but it has greater extremes of temperature than almost anywhere in England, due to its position on the south coast.

The Isle of Wight is exposed to the same forces and therefore can experience similar extremes. It takes place on over 270 acres and includes livestock, trade stands and a fun fair. The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on the proposals for the investment, development and maintenance of Southampton Airport. The consultation includes detailed proposals for investment in the airport estate, including a new terminal building, a four-star hotel, new car parking and access roads, plus retail and aviation support buildings.


Hampshire is one of the most rural counties on the South Coast and had a population density of 46. 05 per km2 at the 2011 census. By contrast, the densest county subdivision in Hampshire is The New Forest, which had a population density of 407. 40 per km2 at the 2011 census. Its economy is therefore based on services, and it has low levels of unemployment and higher than average wages. There is a total of 76,814 households in the county according to the 2011 census, 73.


Hampshire's economy has more in common with the suburbs of London than it does with the rest of rural southern England. [] The economy is driven primarily by financial services; there are 5,000 companies based in the area, including the UK headquarters or other offices of major international firms such as Hammerman & Gainer, G4S, Amazon UK and Gulfstream International Airlines. The proximity of wealthy London commuters drives a business market led by publishing, IT and defence/aerospace: Hampshire was the home town of Henry Royce, founder of Rolls-Royce and Hamble-le-Rice is home to EADS Astrium.

Small companies and start-ups are especially important to this sector, encouraged by organisations such. Hampshire County Council is one of the largest employers in the area, and many residents commute to work in other parts of the region such as Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Southampton and London. Tourism is another major source of employment for Hampshire. Hampshire's economy is dominated by the service sector: there is a large action shopping centre in Bournemouth, four business parks and several office buildings which have a total of 125,000–140,000 square metres (1.

4-1. 5million sq ft) of space. Hampshire is one of the most affluent counties in the country, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 29billion, excluding Southampton and Portsmouth. In 2018, Hampshire had a GDP per capita of 22,100, comparable with the UK as a whole. Hampshire has an unemployment rate of 3. 2%, significantly lower than the national rate of 4% and less than half the rate in parts of the South East outside of Outer London.

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Hampshire's market towns, villages and rural areas are important economic centres for local employment, particularly in the service sector, although none of these have a large enough economy to be declared an 'economic powerhouse'. Trading activities elsewhere and government employment are mostly focused on the major cities and towns, with Southampton being the biggest employment centre outside London. Hampshire is an affluent area, with housing prices traditionally considerably higher than the England and Wales average.

The average house price was 243,300 in 2012, which is 25% higher than the UK average, and significantly more than the East of England (121,800), South East (193,700), and England and Wales (127,000) averages. Hampshire is one of fourteen councils under which central government delivers Local Government Aid (LGA) funding. The most recent LGA review in 2014 recommended the distribution of £559m for 2019-24, with additional funding earmarked for growth areas such as Portsmouth and South West Hampshire.

Southampton's economy is dominated by the service sector, which in 2018 made up 87. 7% of employment, in particular financial services and business services. Large employers include the University of Southampton, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the BBC 's South Service. Hampshire is one of the most affluent counties in the country, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 29billion, excluding Southampton and Portsmouth. In 2018, Hampshire had a GDP per capita of 22,100, comparable with the UK as a whole.

Ethnicity And Religion

The city has the highest percentage of Polish-born residents in England and Wales at 0. 5 per cent, followed by Northampton at 0. 4 per cent. In Southampton, 13. 1 per cent of residents gave their ethnicity as "other white", compared with an English average of 10. 6 per cent, 3. 1 per cent as Chinese compared to an average of 0. 7 per cent, and 2. 7 as black compared to an English average of 1.


Hampshire is a ceremonial county of England. It is also a historic county, with an area of 3,095 km² (1,190 sq mi) and it borders the ceremonial counties of Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Surrey. The River Thames which flows through the county is the longest in England. Hampshire's population was 1,651,860 according to the 2011 census: more than half of live in Southampton and Portsmouth. The area in 2012 was estimated to have a population of 2,070,700 people.

Green Belt

Once the green belt is removed, the area under consideration consists mainly of urban areas: Portsmouth and Southampton form two continuous built-up areas on Portsea Island (alternatively, Langstone or Townhill Islands), Gosport is another built-up area near Portsmouth (and there are others), and both Bournemouth and Christchurch have significant urbanised areas.  Mottisfont Abbey House in a 1930s photo. The village of Mottisfont has become almost entirely residential. Mottisfont Priory remains as a grade I listed building within the parish.

The red line shows the Hampshire boundary with Dorset. It excludes the New Forest National Park which forms part of the county's green-belt area. " All green belt in Hampshire is within a sub-region of South East England. Its status is to prevent urban sprawl and preserve the setting of towns and historic buildings. It was first defined in legislation after 1958. The area covers around 276,000 acres (110,000 ha) or 0.

8% of Hampshire's total area, 79,372 hectares of which is open countryside. The boundary was extended in 1975 to cover Hook, Hayling Island and Beaulieu and again later that year to cover the Bransgore area of Christchurch. Hampshire contains all its green belt in the New Forest district, in the southwest of the county, from the boundary with Dorset along the coastline to Lymington and northwards to Ringwood. Its boundary is contiguous with the New Forest National Park.

The Hampshire portion was first created in 1958. The most important tracts of green belt are Northing Hill in Eastleigh, which protects the area round the River Itchen and Southampton Water from urban sprawl, together with Sholing and Kiln Farm in the Itchen valley. Green belt is a term given in the United Kingdom to areas of land that are protected from development. These belts are intended to serve as a buffer around areas of the greatest visual amenity or agricultural value.


Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, and in 2013–14 treated 64,843 adults and children with learning disabilities, 6,217 patients with mental health problems and 2,532 people with dementia. A distinction is made between NHS services which are provided free at point of access to anyone normally resident in the UK, and private hospitals and clinics, some of which receive additional "top-up" payments from the NHS for specialist services which they provide.

Both types. All NHS hospital and community health services in the county are provided by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which provides the full range of services and facilities, and operates a 24/7 Emergency Department in each of the three main cities. Also important are the private sector inpatient facilities such as the Golden Valley Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth,. 3 per cent. 3% of which are owner occupied.


The geology of Hampshire is largely made up of rocks dating from the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, with the South Downs forming a consistent escarpment across the county. The oldest rocks occur in the north west of the county, with chalk or limestone that was laid down in shallow seas when England was part of a super-continent. Rocks such as grey wacke and sandstone were deposited here in the later part of the Cretaceous period, while to the east clay, silt and mud, which is known as clays and gravels formed within estuaries where rivers met the sea.

The High Weald, with characteristic woodland and sandstone scarps (in unwooded areas it is also known as the Low Weald), lies to the south of the Weald. It is a very prominent ridge forming the separation between the fertile clay vales in the Thames Basin and the more open country of Sussex and Kent. The highest point of this area, at 261 metres (856ft), is Bourne Hill near Farnham in Surrey. To the east of this crest there is a more gradual slope running down into north Kent, which contains parts of both the North Downs and Greensand Ridge.

The highest ground is in the south east corner of Hampshire, in the Green Belt around the Romsey area, and there are some tall hills in this area. The highest is Warnford down at 162 metres (532ft), but much of the land is over 100 metres (330ft) and rises northwards towards Arborfield Garrison. Nearby Blooddown hill is sometimes quoted as being the second highest hill at 152 metres (499ft) because it has a triangulation station on it, but it has an incline just south of the summit so many regard Beale and Potten End hills in Berkshire as higher.


It is believed that the first settlers spoke one of the Common Brittonic languages and were therefore Celtic in origin. Wales has over a dozen prehistoric sites from the Neolithic period including ritual, funerary and standing stones, woodhenges and others. The earlier inhabitants of Wales were probably speakers of a Celtic language. This language could have been introduced by continental trading ships between 6000 and 3000 BC; however, there is a lack of archaeological evidence for this theory on its own.

Some studies have suggested that prior to occupation there had been large scale immigration of people from Ireland 8500–7000 BC through Doggerland (now submerged under the North Sea) with a language shift having taken place shortly thereafter. A nomadic tribe known as the Belgae, inhabited the region prior to the arrival of Caesar's Roman legions. The Romanised notion of Gaul emerged during the Gallo-Roman period and the tribal differences between the tribes diminished, making possible the eventual creation of the concept of a Gallo-Roman "people".

The centralisation of power that took place in Rome following its conquest of Gaul allowed the creation of a series of strong, local, urban trading centres within Gaul during the next 200 years. These towns evolved into cities and eventually became city states. At their peak, they each had ruling bodies called Senates which could issue decrees binding on all inhabitants of their respective city state. An important Mesolithic site is at Boxgrove in Sussex, where four flint handaxes were found in an Early Paleolithic grave.

Deciduous woodland provided a rich environment for the hunter-gatherers. Amongst the trees bark peelings can be one of the most important indicators of presence of hunters and gatherers based on the analysis of pollen spores. From around 8600 BCE onwards, the climate began to warm slightly with a strengthening of the Gulf Stream. This led to changes in vegetation and landscape and the local extinction of many tree species that were unable to adapt to some of Britain's milder winters.

Anglesey was still attached to mainland Europe during this time, and it shared in. In October 2007, remains of a Bronze Age ruler were found in the unearthed town site of Viroconium. The coffin of the Ruler was carefully preserved. The name "Viroconium" is Latin and would be a first for Britain in terms of recorded language. It could be taken to be an abbreviation of non-indigenous name "Biroco-nium". English Heritage have stated that they had no means of proving whether or not "Biroconio" and its people were in fact responsible for these markings.

This is also the only known recording of the name Viroconium in literature to date. Around 4000 BCE the Neolithic era began. Long before agricultural methods were developed, hunting and fishing were considered to be the main sources of food. As the population increased, communities gradually moved from a nomadic life to settled villages and small hamlets. The earliest known Celtic culture is believed to have emerged in Britain as early as 3000 BCE.

The oldest-known wooden wheel in Great Britain was found at the bottom of a coal mine in Abergeldie, Scotland, and has been dated to between 1500 and 1200 BCE. In southern and eastern England, it was not until 4500 BCE that the first evidence of human activity (that is to say, the presence of the evidence of human activity) was found. People began clearing trees for agriculture, which encouraged them to settle in one place and create a permanently inhabited village—although at this time these villages would be located on a flood plain.

Inland Waterways

The Rother is navigable for much of its length, although the section below Newbridge, just before its junction with the Arun, has been abandoned to navigation. It forms part of the Wey and Arun Canal, an ambitious project which encountered financial problems before it was completed. Only the section from the Wey at Tilford to Dorking, and then westwards along the Old River to a point near Horsham were built, although some further short sections were added later.

A large canal basin was constructed at Horsham, but never used. The Arun Navigation remains navigable from near Arundel to River Arun near Chichester. The Andover Canal, which connected Newbury to the River Loddon at Arundel in West Sussex, was completed in 1794 and abandoned in 1871; it has since been filled in. The Basingstoke Canal ran from Basingstoke to Pirbright, and was built between 1794 and 1801. It became disused in 1892, although the section through Watercress Valley, between Basingstoke and Liphook, continued to be maintained until 1939 for water supply.

In 1994 a proposal was made to restore the canal to a state suitable for small craft; this has been achieved as of 2007. The Salisbury & Southampton Canal connected the two towns, but. Two long canals were connected to Southampton, the London and Southampton Canal which continued to be a useful waterway until the First World War, and the smaller Andover Canal which was built in 1818 as a feeder to the London and Southampton.

Plans were made to extend this connecting it with Christchurch and Salisbury alongside the Avon and Test Navigation, but a rising population in Southampton led to increasing demand for water, and little was done beyond building several reservoirs and pumping stations. The Salisbury and Southampton Canal originated from a connection with the River Avon in Oldbury, and was extended to reach the sea at Southampton. It was made fully navigable from Oldbury to central Southampton in 1840, but Southampton Lock was only completed in 1842.

By this time, plans were underway to extend the canal further east into Hampshire and beyond, to reach Salisbury. The canal through Basingstoke was opened in 1844; it had cost nearly £600,000 (equivalent to £55 million in 2016). The remains of the Andover Canal can be found south of Andover, and here the waterway still retains its towpath. The route to Salisbury is now a bridleway, although it retains some of its canal features.

Some of the route through Basingstoke was lost in the construction of the town's ring road in the 1960s, including part of the aqueduct that carried the canal over the River Loddon. However, there are plans to restore at least some of this section too. There are still several canals which have survived, or partially survive in Hampshire. Around Southampton Water these are the Itchen Navigation, the River Test Navigation and the Western Docks Branch of the London and South Western Railway.


Hampshire has a vibrant music scene. From Southampton to Winchester and beyond, live music is readily available at small and large venues alike. Venues in Southampton include the Talking Heads, Red Rooms, Engine Rooms and The Brook. Grass Roots Festival at the end of April each year, is now known nationwide as one of the best music festivals in the current UK circuit. It features over 100 bands on 5 stages and attracts up to 10,000 people over a 3-day period.

Thursday nights in Winchester are taken up with Hampshire Nights which is held every month throughout the summer in the Buttermarket area of Winchester featuring local amateur bands, guest appearances from headline national acts such as Ooberman as well as local comedian groups such as Comedy Cow. There are also a number of local choirs, such as Havant Youth Choir; the Southampton Operatic Society (which since 1878 has staged an annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta in the Grand Theatre, Southampton in February); and the Winchester Operatic Society—who put on several major productions every year.

The longest running concert event in Hampshire is held in December each year – the 'Winchester Cathedral Festival of Carols'which has been running more or less continuously since 1927. Its programme consists of established favourites like Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Once in Royal David's City and A Yorkshire Wassail alongside some less well known carols.  The charity "Sing Hampshire!" was formed in 2007 to encourage the many. The Bedford Orchestra is based in Kempston.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform regularly at the Bournemouth International Centre and St Andrew’s Church, Bournemouth, among other venues. The British Youth Opera also performs at BIC, as well as at venues around the county. Based in Fleet are the annual Summer Music Festival Events (SMFE), which host international orchestras and music ensembles, and are recognised as one of the main summer music festivals in Europe. The Lychett Minster Festival (LMF) has its home in Torrington; it is staged over four nights each July and provides a showcase for leading artists including international jazz acts.

The county is home to two competitive choirs. The Winchester Singers is a men's chorus comprising over 40 singers drawn from the surrounding county, which was established in 1936 and has given performances at venues including Carnegie Hall. The Winchester Ladies Choir is composed of some 35 female singers, all of whom are connected with Winchester, and has performed concerts to critical acclaim, including a UK tour in 2009. The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra has had concertos performed with them by Maxim Vengerov, and other well-known classical musicians.

Their most recent tour was in May 2014 to the USA and Canada playing in famous cities such as New York (Carnegie Hall), Boston, Washington D. C. (Glenn Miller Café), Philadelphia, and Toronto. Rivers. Throughout the Neolithic period, the climate changed around Britain, alternating between warmer periods and cooler periods with raising sea levels. In Britain. The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.


Hampshire County Council has 63 elected councillors, from 57 divisions across the county, which are either geographical area (district) or political parties (formally). Each year it elects one of its number to be the leader of the authority, known as the council leader, who chairs full council meetings. The only exception to this use of first names is the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, who has the title "Chairman". All 26 borough and district councils with the exception of Winchester have their homes in the county town of the relevant area.

The county council is responsible for schools, social services, and highways within Hampshire while leaving most other services to the borough and district councils. Hampshire is divided into 11 local government districts, administered by unitary authorities. The districts are Fareham, Gosport, Havant, City of Winchester, East Hampshire, Hart, Rushmoor, and Adur. The six towns have varying amounts of autonomy from the county council. Hampshire County Council is currently controlled by the Conservative Party. It consists of 81 councillors in 22 divisions.


There have been a number of local radio stations in Southampton, including Bay Radio and Ocean FM. BBC Radio Solent is the only one remaining after the sale of The Local Station in November 2005 to a new company called The Local Radio Company. Their studios are now located at 34 Marlands Road, Southampton. The station has a 'Fareham'studio at 74 Clarendon Road, Fareham and once again broadcasts on 106. 9 FM across the south Hampshire area.

In 2010, BBC Radio Solent launched its own Community radio station on 107. 2 FM. Southampton is also covered by an independent radio station Eagle Radio which broadcasts from studios located within the city centre. The Oxford Times ceased operation in February 2008, having been bought out by the website Your Local Guardian. It was subsequently bought out by local businessman Martin Shipton and relaunched in April 2009. Local radio stations include Heart Hampshire, The Breeze (Basingstoke), SGR-FM (Portsmouth, serving South Hampshire, West Sussex and Channel Islands ), Invicta FM (East Hampshire) and the University of Southampton 's Southampton Common Radio.

A selection of headlines from the most popular newspapers: The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Independent and BBC News. On television, the south of England is served by BBC South and ITV Meridian. ITV serves the south west of England as member of ITV West Country. Daily newspapers are supplemented by two free weekly papers, the Hampshire Chronicle and the Basingstoke Gazette. The Southampton Solent edition of Metro is also distributed in Hampshire.


The first railway in Hampshire was the Southampton and Netley Railway, which opened in 1840. As a result of this the railway companies serving Hampshire were able to operate a through service from London to Bournemouth and Weymouth after 1847. The lines came under joint control of the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the London and South Western Railway (LSWR). This enabled a twice daily fast service on what became known as The Branksome Flyer between Victoria station in London and various branch termini including Ryde on the Isle of Wight operated jointly by both companies.

Winchester railway station has direct trains on the Wessex Main Line to Southampton, and the South Western Main Line to London Waterloo. It used to be less busy than it is currently; in 1977 there were 12 daily weekday departures. The journey time to London was 57 minutes. In addition both stations have direct services to Bournemouth / West Coastway, Cardiff Central, Gatwick Airport and Brighton / Eastbourne. The station is west of the city centre.

Historically, Hampshire could be divided into four areas: Portsmouth and Southampton on the coast, separated by the Itchen Valley; the area around Winchester which is built on chalk hills; the Meon Valley north-west of Fareham which is a coastal plain of sedimentary rock with some hills; and the county's hilly inland area composed of greensand and covered in heathland vegetation. There are good connections south to Southampton and Portsmouth and north to Basingstoke, Winchester, Andover, Salisbury and London Waterloo.

The west coastway main line from London to the South West follows parts of the same route as a cross country route. The Heart of Wessex Line was re-opened at the beginning of the 21st century, now providing a link from Southampton to Basingstoke. The county is roughly equidistant from Bournemouth, Southampton and Portsmouth, with approximately 55–60 minutes to each by train. Basingstoke is the location of BBC South, one of the BBC 's regional centres.


There are two primary traditional north–south routes across the county. The western one is from Southampton to Dorchester on the south coast, and the eastern one follows a similar long-distance route. The south coast towns of Poole and Bournemouth are also connected by a secondary direct route on the A349, as is Weymouth with its neighboring town Portland immediately up the coast on the Dorset side of the border. Just outside the northern edge of the New Forest, around Lymington and Fordingbridge, is a second cluster of large population centres.


In addition to the Solent ferries there are also regular services to Cherbourg, France and Roscoff in France, plus seasonal services to Bilbao, Spain. Local ferries link the mainland port of Lymington with the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, giving maritime access to the open sea for yachts. A high-speed hovercraft service also links Lymington with both Portsmouth and Ryde on the Isle of Wight several times a day. Although not usually thought of as a seaside resort, Southampton has a beach at East Park overlooked by Ocean Village, a large modern housing development built on reclaimed land.

The beach is well used during the summer months. Across the Solent from Portsmouth, the port of Southampton is the largest passenger port in the UK, with cruise and freight ship traffic linking to Le Havre, Cherbourg, St Malo and the other great Atlantic ports in Europe. Wightlink, Red Funnel and Condor Ferries operate sea-ferry services to '''Isles of Scilly'''. The Bitterne-Clarendon-Slugwood triangle to the west of Southampton is a major retail/leisure area, anchored also by Southampton Airport and the St Mary's Stadium football stadium.


This is a list of the settlements (as opposed to villages and hamlets) in Hampshire, England. The population figures are based on those contained within official Mid-2006 Population Estimates, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with known settlements omitted and a maximum of 50% added to cover those not identified in the database. Following the 1974 local government reorganisation, Hampshire was divided into 25 districts. Since 1997, Rother has been part of the district of Test Valley.

Aldershot and Farnborough were added to Rushmoor. Aldermaston, Stockbridge and Tadley have been created by merging two or three former villages. Andover was first recorded as Andovere in the 9th century. Winchester was recorded first as Hamwic, meaning. Within Hampshire are 34 settlements which have a town council. A town is distinguished from a city by having no corporate body, and instead the community is governed by an annual Town Meeting. Six. A map of Hampshire.


Transport services in Southampton date back to improvements made by the Southampton Corporation Tramways department in 1881. Since 2000, Southampton has been a port of registration for several cruise liners with the majority berthed at Ocean Cruise Terminals in the city centre. From 2005 to 2010, a small number of public buses were operated by Solent Blue Line, but these have since been withdrawn after a series of low-usage routes were reviewed and withdrawn due to low usage.

Southampton Airport is located around 6 miles (9. 7 km) west of Southampton city centre, at the western end of a former WWII airfield in the parish of Swaythling. The airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P761) enabling flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction. The airport is also licensed for use by chartered flights and visits by private aircraft. Around 130 airliners are usually on display, often including the latest models from major manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus, the air forces of many countries, and the AgustaWestland helicopter company.

The show is open to the public, and attendance averages around 330,000 people across the week. GASUN   Gas Utility Systems in USA Great American Solar Energy Fair. For more than 100 years, going back to the formation of the Aeronautical Society of Great Britain in 1866, aviation events have taken place in and around Southampton. From 1908 onwards these centred on Hunsbury Hill, near Northam, and it was here that Southampton’s first flying club was formed in 1910.

The project is expected to run until 2015 and £1. 4bn has already been spent. The Intercity Express Project is a £7. 5bn programme of improvements to the Intercity train network in the UK, with funding from the Department for Transport and the Scottish government, among others. The county of Hampshire is highlighted in orange. Settlements on the coast are shown with red dots. It transmits television and radio programmes, including South Today, a regional news magazine show.

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