With the official title of ‘Hamble-le-rice’, the village of Hamble is located in the south east of Southampton and it’s likely that you’ll recognise the name from its historical role as an aircraft training centre during World War Two. The village retains an interest in the aviation industry.
Located within the borough of Fareham, Swanwick is to the east of the River Hamble and best-known for being a key air traffic control hub.
A market town located at the north-west tip of Portsmouth Harbour, Fareham was traditionally known as a major manufacturer of bricks (which were used to build the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London) and a grower of strawberries.
A town and civil parish in Hampshire, Hedge End lies to the east of the City of Southampton and has been inhabited since before the Roman conquest.
Southampton is one of the most lively and dynamic cities in the south of England. Its position on the south coast makes it an ideal location for people of all interests. It has a vibrant and varied nightlife, numerous leisure facilities, some of which will be used as training venues for the 2012 Olympics.
Portsmouth is packed with things to do and fast becoming Britain’s favourite waterfront destination, with more to offer year on year. Portsmouth offers an irresistible mix of history and heritage, shopping and lively arts. Bars and restaurants are plentiful.
Bournemouth is famous up and down the country for its picturesque award-winning Blue Flag sandy beaches, with one of the mildest climates in the UK and beautiful surroundings. Bournemouth is also widely celebrated for its scenic parks gardens and bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Offering a lively mix of city, coast and countryside. The Cathedral City is situated between the beautiful rolling downland of the recently created South Downs National Park and the sailing waters of Chichester Harbour.
Winchester is a vibrant heritage destination, with world-class attractions and architecture including a magnificent cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops.
Portchester, once a small village, is now a bustling hub located between the expanding areas of Portsmouth and Southampton just off the A27. It forms part of the borough of Fareham and takes its name from the Latin ‘Portus Adurni’ meaning ‘fort’ or ‘fortified town’.
Bitterne is located to the east of Southampton and named after the nearby bend in the River Itchen. With its local pedestrian shopping precinct, lots of local eateries and close proximity to surrounding countryside, this area is a popular choice with families and young professionals.
A district of the city of Portsmouth, Hilsea is located at the north end of Portsea Island and has a population of more than 13,500. Largely residential, Hilsea is popular among commuters given its closeness to Portsmouth, Havant, Waterlooville and Fareham.
A northern suburb of Portsmouth, Cosham lies within the city boundary but off Portsea Island. It has a population of nearly 14,000 people, following considerable growth from the 1920s onwards. Before then, Cosham – which is a name of Saxon origin – was just a small village largely surrounded by fields.
The district of Sholing is located on the eastern side of Southampton, placed between the similar local areas of Bitterne, Thornhill and Woolston. Although there are various explanations for the origin of its name, ‘Sholing’ derives directly from the Anglo-Saxon phrase for ‘hill on the shore’.
Located on the eastern bank of the River Itchen, Woolston is a popular suburb of Southampton thanks to its rich maritime and aviation history. It was established by the Viking leader Olaf of Norway in the 10th century and was formally incorporated into Southampton in 1920.
Flanked by the beautiful Royal Victoria Country Park on one side and the ruins of its namesake Netley Abbey, the picturesque village of Netley sits to the east of Southampton and is recognised for its more traditional and quaint approach to modern living.
As estate agents working across the South of England, we operate in a number of major towns and cities in the region. One of which is Havant. Here we give the lowdown on one of Hampshire’s busiest commuter hubs…