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September 7, 2011

Basingstoke Aquadrome Hampshire

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 8:59 am

Basingstoke Aquadrome Hampshire – A wonderful leisure facility for residents of and visitors to Basingstoke in Hampshire, Basingstoke Aquadrome has a wide range of activities to enjoy including a water park, swimming pool, fitness centre, workout studio, café and health suite. Clubs and groups who meet there include the Fat Boyz Street Dance Group, Basingstoke Bluefins Swimming Club and Water Polo Club, and Mend Junior Fitness & Nutrition. So if you are looking for a place to have fun, swim and work out in Hampshire, whether the weather is sunny or rainy, look no further than the splendid Basingstoke Aquadrome in Worting Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire. View a map of Basingstoke here: Map of Basingstoke.

April 19, 2011

Andover Hampshire Early History

Filed under: England,History,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 4:35 pm

A sizeable town in the north-west of Hampshire, Andover has a population of 52,000, and it stands on the banks of the River Anton roughly equidistant from the city of Winchester and the town of Basingstoke. Like most English towns it dates from Anglo-Saxon times and was recorded in Saxon annals as a royal hunting lodge belonging to King Edred (this was in the tenth century), and even saw the holiding of a Saxon ‘Parliament’. Later also recorded in the Domesday Book, Andover even at this early time had six watermills. Plodding along as a little market town it became quite significant for producing wool, which was the main source of income for the town. At this time Andover had a church, a priory, a hostel and a lepers hostel, the priory being eventually closed by Henry VIII. Much later in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is developed into an important stagecoach stopping off point being on the route between London and Exeter (via Salisbury).

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