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Basingstoke Town Centre
Basingstoke Town Centre

Basingstoke is the largest town in the county of Hampshire which is situated in southern England, and lies across a valley at the source of the River Loddon. It is located 30 miles northeast of Southampton and 48 miles southwest of London. According to the 2016 population estimate the town had a population of 113,776 and it is part of the borough of Basingstoke and Deane.

Basingstoke is an old market town expanded in the mid 1960s as a result of an agreement between London and Hampshire County Councils. It was developed rapidly after World War II, along with various other towns in the United Kingdom, in order to accommodate part of the London 'overspill' as perceived under the Greater London Plan in 1944. Basingstoke market was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and it remained a small market town until the early 1960s. At the start of World War II the population was little more than 13,000. It still has a regular market, but is now larger than Hampshire County Council's definition of a market town.

Chineham
Chineham

Chineham today is predominantly a residential area and is a civil parish in the Basingstoke and Deane district of Hampshire, England. It is situated approximately 3 miles northeast of Basingstoke Town Centre and just north of the A33 road between Basingstoke and Reading.

Since the late-1970s, Chineham has developed into a sizeable residential suburb and the general population of Chineham in 2011 was 9,240 in 3,875 households. Chineham Business Park is home to a number of large organisations, helping the local employment levels flourish. The local magazine, The Chineham Chat keeps all residents informed of the local news, events and businesses on offer.

Lychpit
Lychpit

Lychpit today is predominantly a residential area and is a civil parish in the Basingstoke and Deane district of Hampshire, England. It is situated approximately 3 miles east of Basingstoke Town Centre. The majority of Lychpit is now a large housing estate on the suburbs of Basingstoke, built in approximately the 1980s.

The area has close links with the neighbouring village of Old Basing and is thought to be home to a large burial site after the battle of Basing. Chineham Business Park is close by and is home to a number of large organisations, helping the local employment levels flourish.

Old Basing
Old Basing

Old Basing, formally just called Basing is situated on the east side of Basingstoke Town. Old Basing is a civil Parish of Old Basing & Lychpit. Situated approximately 3 miles from Basingstoke town centre and all of its central amenities. Old basing is steeped in history with its first settlement thought to have been established is 700AD along with many listed properties in the village centre.

Old Basing is probably most well known for its ancient ruins at Basing House which was built on a Norman castle. More recently there have been a few newer developments on the outskirts being built which provide great access to the M3 and Basingstoke town centre.

Sherfield on Loddon
Sherfield on Loddon

Sherfield on Loddon is a picturesque village on the north east of Basingstoke and south of Reading. It is approximately 6 miles from Basingstoke and 12 miles from Reading. Sherfield on Loddon is a civil parish in the Basingstoke & Deane Borough district of Hampshire.

At the 2011 census it had a population of 1,505. This increased to 3,107 after the 2011 Census, mainly due to the new Sherfield Park development. In 2016, Sherfield Park was separated to form a parish of its own.

Bramley
Bramley

Bramley is a village and parish on the north eastern fringes of Basingstoke town. It is a popular and attractive village that comprises of older architecture and some modern developments. Bramley is approximately 7 miles away from Basingstoke town centre.

The village is popular with commuters as it is serviced by a trainline from Basingstoke to Reading. In the 2001 census it had a population of 3,348 however, by now the population will have increased due to the popularity of Basingstoke as a commuter town and all of its fantastic amenities including Festival Place shopping centre.

Sherborne St.John
Sherborne St.John

Sherborne St. John is a beautiful village to the north of Basingstoke with a long history dating back hundreds of years. Most commonly known for its national trust attraction The Vyne, which is a national heritage building that was built in the 16th century.

Sherborne St. John is conveniently located approximately 4.1 miles from Basingstoke. The village provides some stunning older architecture along with some modern and individual dwellings.

Limes Park, The Beeches & Rooksdown
Limes Park, The Beeches & Rooksdown

Limes Park, The Beeches & Rooksdown are situated towards the North of Basingstoke Town Centre, ideally located for the Hospital. The area is ever expanding with the newer segment, Limes Park, still under development.

The area is part of the Basingstoke & Deane district having formally been a parish of Sherborne St John. Amenities are still very much under construction, but the area does provide great access for hospital workers along with anyone that commutes via the A339 or M3.

Popley, Marnel Park & Everest Park
Popley, Marnel Park & Everest Park

The vast majority of Popley was built in the 1960’s and 1970’s, home to many from the London overspill. In recent years Popley has benefitted from redevelopment, with the new Everest Park being built off Popley Way and Marnel Park between Popley and the village of Sherborne St John.

Once again, this is an ever expanding area with the latest development being called Strawberry Fields. In 2007 the Everest Community College was built, to help educate the local children.

Oakley
Oakley

Oakley is a fairly sizeable village yet retains all that is required for a quieter life in the countryside. It is in the borough of Basingstoke & Deane and is situated to the West of Basingstoke Town, approximately 4 miles to the town centre.

The village centre is host to some beautiful old buildings with idyllic thatched roofs but is also host to some modern developments, the majority of which were built in the 1970’s.

North Waltham & Dummer
North Waltham & Dummer

North Waltham & Dummer are both picturesque villages situated on the western fringes of Basingstoke. The villages allow both easy access to Basingstoke and the historic city of Winchester along with stunning rural scenery. Basingstoke is approximately 6 miles away and Winchester 12 miles away. Architecturally both villages offer attractive buildings including picture perfect thatched cottages, churches and some more modern developments on the outskirts of North Waltham.

There are a number of amenities available in both locations, these include local pubs, shops, schools and even a well-regarded golf course in Dummer. Both villages have small populations, as of the 2011 census of Dummer had 466 residents and North Waltham 840.

Hatch Warren
Hatch Warren

Hatch Warren is situated on the western side of Basingstoke Town Centre. The majority of the area was developed in the 1980’s to early 1990’s. It is a civil parish in the Basingstoke and Deane district.  Hatch Warren is situated approximately 4 miles from the town centre and all of its amenities, however it is home to Hatch Warren Retail Park which offers a number of conveniences, such as a Sainsbury's supermarket, petrol station and Pets at Home.

The local newsletter, the Rabbiter, is circulated monthly and keeps all residents informed of local news around the Hatch Warren and Beggarwood region.  As of the 2011 census the population was 9284.

Kempshott
Kempshott

Kempshott is a residential area situated on the western outskirts of Basingstoke Town Centre, largely built between the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Widely regarded as one of the best places to live in town, it offers all that is needed for family life. As of 2011 the population was estimated to be 6827.

Kempshott can roughly be divided into four regions, these being ‘The Birds’, ‘The Lakes’, ‘The Flowers’ and the latest addition ‘Gabriel Park’. All of these developments have been positioned off Homesteads Road, Pack Lane and Kempshott Lane. Kempshott is approximately 3.5 miles from Basingstoke Town Centre, making this an ideal location for amenities and commuting.

Beggarwood
Beggarwood

Beggarwood is a modern estate on the western fridges of Basingstoke Town. Built in the early 2000’s it provides a number of great family homes along with a range of smaller dwellings ideal for first time buyers.

The area is still under development with newer properties being built. It is approximately 4.5 miles from the Town Centre but also provides fantastic access to the M3.

Brighton Hill
Brighton Hill

Brighton Hill is a large housing estate, separated in to different sections. Brighton Hill is nestled between Hatch Warren, Kempshott and South Ham. The first development is thought to have been established in Quilter Road,  offering housing for the London overspill.

Later the private Taylor Woodrow section was built in the 1970’s which is home to a number of attractive homes off Sullivan Road. Brighton Hill has its own retail park which is currently home to a large Asda supermarket and a number of takeaway restaurants. With local schools, shops and great access to the Town Centre the location is ideal for all family needs.

Overton
Overton

Overton is in the borough of Basingstoke & Deane. It is a large village in the upper Test Valley and according to the 2011 census holds a population of about 4,315 people. The village lies in the centre of the civil parish with the small settlements of Ashe, Ashe Warren, South Litchfield, Coxford Down, Polhampton, Southington, Quidhampton and Northington spread in the outlying countryside.

The village is the well-known home to a couple of large organisations, De La Rue Papermill and more recently Bombay Sapphire Distillery in nearby Laverstoke. Architecturally the village is very pretty, with varying aged properties dating hundreds of years, and more modern settlements including the Foxdown development. The village provides easy access to both Basingstoke, Newbury and Winchester and also provides a train link to London, Waterloo.