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OLD HAMPSHIRE (/ˈhæmpʃər/ , /ˈhæmpʃɪər/ ( listen ); abbreviated HANTS) is a county on the southern coast of England in the United Kingdom. The county town of Old Hampshire
Hampshire
is Winchester
Winchester
, the former capital city of England. Old Hampshire
Hampshire
is the most populous ceremonial county in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(excluding the metropolitan counties ) with almost half of the county's population living within the South Hampshire conurbation which includes the cities of Southampton
Southampton
and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
. The larger South Hampshire metropolitan area has a population of 1,547,000. Hampshire
Hampshire
is notable for housing the birthplaces of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
, British Army
British Army
, and Royal Air Force . It is bordered by Dorset
Dorset
to the west, Wiltshire
Wiltshire
to the north-west, Berkshire
Berkshire
to the north, Surrey
Surrey
to the north-east, and West Sussex
West Sussex
to the east. The southern boundary is the coastline of the English Channel and the Solent
Solent
, facing the Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
.

Old Hampshire
Hampshire
is the largest county in South East England
South East England
and remains the third largest shire county in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
despite losing more land than any other English county in all contemporary boundary changes. At its greatest size in 1890, Old Hampshire
Hampshire
was the fifth-largest county in England. It now has an overall area of 3,700 km2 (1,400 sq mi), and measures about 86 km (53 mi) east–west and 76 km (47 mi) north–south.

Old Hampshire's tourist attractions include many seaside resorts and two national parks : the New Forest
New Forest
and the South Downs
South Downs
(together covering some 45% of the county). Old Hampshire
Hampshire
has a long maritime history, and two of Europe's largest ports, Portsmouth
Portsmouth
and Southampton, lie on its coast. The county is famed as home of writers Jane Austen and Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
, as well as the birthplace of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology

* 2 History

* 2.1 Prehistory until the Norman Conquest * 2.2 Middle Ages onwards * 2.3 United States
United States

* 3 Governance * 4 Economy * 5 Demographics * 6 Education * 7 Politics * 8 Wildlife

* 9 Physical geography

* 9.1 Natural regions * 9.2 Geology and climate * 9.3 Hills

* 10 Cities, towns and villages * 11 Culture, arts and sport * 12 Media * 13 Transport * 14 Notable people from Hampshire
Hampshire
* 15 See also * 16 References * 17 Notes * 18 External links

ETYMOLOGY

Hampshire
Hampshire
takes its name from the settlement that is now the city of Southampton. Southampton
Southampton
was known in Old English as _Hamtun_, roughly meaning "village-town", so its surrounding area or _scīr_ became known as _Hamtunscīr_. The old name was recorded in the Domesday book as _Hantescire_, and from this spelling, the modern abbreviation "Hants" derives. From 1889 until 1959, the administrative county was named the COUNTY OF SOUTHAMPTON and has also been known as SOUTHAMPTONSHIRE.

HISTORY

PREHISTORY UNTIL THE NORMAN CONQUEST

Main article: History of Hampshire

The region is believed to have been continuously occupied since the end of the last Ice Age about 12,000 BCE. At this time, Britain was still attached to the European continent and was predominantly covered with deciduous woodland. The first inhabitants came overland from Europe; these were anatomically and behaviourally modern humans, Mesolithic hunter-gatherers . Over several thousand years, the climate became progressively warmer, and sea levels rose; the English Channel, which started out as a river, was a major inlet by 8000 BCE, although Britain was still connected to Europe by a land bridge across the North Sea until 6500 BCE. Notable sites from this period include Bouldnor Cliff .

Agriculture
Agriculture
had arrived in southern Britain by 4000 BCE, and with it a neolithic culture. Some deforestation took place at that time, although during the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
, beginning in 2200 BCE, this became more widespread and systematic. Hampshire
Hampshire
has few monuments to show from these early periods, although nearby Stonehenge
Stonehenge
was built in several phases at some time between 3100 and 2200 BCE. In the very late Bronze Age, fortified hilltop settlements known as hillforts began to appear in large numbers in many parts of Britain including Hampshire, and these became more and more important in the early and middle Iron Age
Iron Age
; many of these are still visible in the landscape today and can be visited, notably Danebury Rings , the subject of a major study by archaeologist Barry Cunliffe . By this period, the people of Britain predominantly spoke a Celtic language , and their culture shared much in common with the Celts
Celts
described by classical writers.

Hillforts largely declined in importance in the second half of the second century BCE, with many being abandoned. Probably around this period, the first recorded invasion of Britain took place, as southern Britain was largely conquered by warrior-elites from Belgic tribes of northeastern Gaul - whether these two events are linked to the decline of hillforts is unknown. By the Roman conquest, the _oppidum _ at Venta , modern-day Winchester, was the _de facto_ regional administrative centre; Winchester
Winchester
was, however, of secondary importance to the Roman-style town of Calleva , modern Silchester , built further north by a dominant Belgic polity known as the Atrebates in the 50s BCE. Julius Caesar invaded southeastern England briefly in 55 and again in 54 BCE, but he never reached Hampshire. Notable sites from this period include Hengistbury Head (now technically in Dorset), which was a major port. A "Museum of the Iron Age" is in Andover .

The Romans invaded Britain again in 43 CE, and Hampshire
Hampshire
was incorporated into the Roman province of Britannia very quickly. It is generally believed their political leaders allowed themselves to be incorporated peacefully. Venta became the capital of the administrative polity of the Belgae, which included most of Hampshire and Wiltshire
Wiltshire
and reached as far as Bath. Whether the people of Hampshire
Hampshire
played any role in Boudicca's rebellion of 60-61 CE is not recorded, but evidence of burning is seen in Winchester
Winchester
dated to around this period. For most of the next three centuries, southern Britain enjoyed relative peace. The later part of the Roman period had most towns build defensive walls; a pottery industry based in the New Forest exported items widely across southern Britain. A fortification near Southampton
Southampton
was called Clausentum , part of the Saxon Shore forts, traditionally seen as defences against maritime raids by Germanic tribes. The Romans officially withdrew from Britain in 410 CE.

Records are unreliable for the next 200 years, but in this time, southern Britain went from being Brythonic to being English and Hampshire
Hampshire
emerged as the centre of what was to become the most powerful kingdom in Britain, the Kingdom of Wessex . Evidence of early Anglo-Saxon settlement has been found at Clausentum and on the Thames at Dorchester, dated to the fifth century, and by the seventh century, the population of Hampshire
Hampshire
was predominantly English-speaking. Also around this period, the administrative region of "Hampshire" seems to appear; the name is attested as "Hamtunscir" in 755, and Albany Major suggested that the traditional western and northern borders of Hampshire
Hampshire
may even go back to the very earliest conquests of Cerdic , legendary founder of Wessex, at the beginning of the sixth century. Wessex
Wessex
gradually expanded westwards into Brythonic Dorset
Dorset
and Somerset in the seventh century. A statue in Winchester
Winchester
celebrates the powerful King Alfred
King Alfred
, who repulsed the Vikings and stabilised the region in the 9th century. He was also a great scholar, who commissioned the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a powerful tool in the development of the English identity. King Alfred
King Alfred
proclaimed himself "King of England" in 886; but Athelstan
Athelstan
of Wessex
Wessex
did not officially control the whole of England until 927.

MIDDLE AGES ONWARDS

By the Norman conquest, London had overtaken Winchester
Winchester
as the largest city in England, due in part to Alfred the Great's investments in infrastructure, and after the Norman Conquest, King William I made it his capital. The centre of political power moved away from Hampshire, although Winchester
Winchester
remained a city of importance: the proximity of the New Forest
New Forest
to Winchester
Winchester
made it such a prized royal hunting forest; indeed King William Rufus was famously killed in suspicious circumstances while hunting there. The county was recorded in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
divided into 44 hundreds . From the 12th century, the ports grew in importance, fuelled by trade with the continent, wool and cloth manufacture in the county, and the fishing industry, and a shipbuilding industry was established. By 1523 at the latest, the population of Southampton
Southampton
had outstripped that of Winchester.

Over several centuries, a series of castles and forts was constructed along the coast of the Solent
Solent
to defend the harbours at Southampton and Portsmouth. These include the Roman Portchester Castle
Castle
which overlooks Portsmouth
Portsmouth
Harbour , and a series of forts built by Henry VIII including Hurst Castle
Castle
, situated on a sand spit at the mouth of the Solent, Calshot Castle
Castle
on another spit at the mouth of Southampton Water, and Netley Castle
Castle
. Southampton
Southampton
and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
remained important harbours when rivals, such as Poole
Poole
and Bristol
Bristol
, declined, as they are amongst the few locations that combine shelter with deep water. Southampton
Southampton
has been host to many famous ships, including the _ Mayflower
Mayflower
_ and the _Titanic _, the latter being staffed largely by natives of Southampton.

Hampshire
Hampshire
played a crucial role in the Second World War due to the large Royal Navy
Royal Navy
naval base at Portsmouth, the army camp at Aldershot , and the military Netley Hospital on Southampton
Southampton
Water, as well as its proximity to the army training ranges on Salisbury Plain and the Isle of Purbeck . Supermarine
Supermarine
, the designers of the Spitfire and other military aircraft, were based in Southampton, which led to severe bombing of the city. Aldershot
Aldershot
remains one of the British Army 's main permanent camps. Farnborough is a major centre for the aviation industry.

Although the Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
has at times been part of Hampshire, it has been administratively independent for over a century, obtaining a county council of its own in 1890. The Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
became a full ceremonial county in 1974. Apart from a shared police force , no formal administrative links now exist between the Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
and Hampshire, though many organisations still combine Hampshire
Hampshire
and the Isle of Wight.

In the 20th century, local government reorganisation led to a reduction in Hampshire's size; in 1974, the towns of Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Christchurch were transferred to Dorset
Dorset
, and in 1992, South Tidworth was transferred to Wiltshire.

The City Museum in Winchester
Winchester
covers the Iron Age
Iron Age
and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period over three floors.

UNITED STATES

Hampshire
Hampshire
was the departure point of some of those later to settle on the east coast of what since 1776 is the United States
United States
, earlier during the 17th century, giving its name in particular to the state of New Hampshire
New Hampshire
. The counties of Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
and Southampton
Southampton
in Virginia reflect the origins of some of the earliest Jamestown settlers, Southampton
Southampton
from Netley Hospital

as does the town of Portsmouth, Virginia .

GOVERNANCE

With the exceptions of the unitary authorities of Portsmouth
Portsmouth
and Southampton, Hampshire
Hampshire
is governed by Hampshire County Council based in Winchester, with several non-metropolitan districts beneath it, and for the majority of the county, parish councils or town councils at the local level. The districts of Hampshire
Hampshire
are:

* Basingstoke and Deane * City of Winchester
Winchester
* East Hampshire * Eastleigh
Eastleigh
* Fareham * Gosport * Hart * Havant * New Forest
New Forest
* City of Portsmouth
Portsmouth
(unitary) * Rushmoor * City of Southampton
Southampton
(unitary) * Test Valley

The county also contains two national parks ; the first covering the New Forest
New Forest
, and therefore governance of this area is carried out by a national park authority , as well as the New Forest
New Forest
District Council, the second the newer national park for the South Downs
South Downs
which covers the chalk downlands from Winchester
Winchester
eastwards, which embraces a large number of local council areas across three counties, Hampshire
Hampshire
and West and East Sussex.

ECONOMY

_ This section needs to be UPDATED. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (March 2015)_

The Beaulieu River
Beaulieu River

Hampshire
Hampshire
is one of the most affluent counties in the country, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of £ 32.3 billion in 2005 (£22.4 billion when excluding Southampton
Southampton
and Portsmouth). In 2006, Hampshire
Hampshire
had a GDP per capita of £19,300, comparable with the UK as a whole and slightly below the South East England
South East England
figure of £19,600.

Portsmouth
Portsmouth
and Winchester
Winchester
have the highest job densities in the county, so a high level of commuting occurs into the cities from towns such as Hook, or even Micheldever. Southampton
Southampton
has the highest number of total jobs and commuting both into and out of the city is high. The county has a lower level of unemployment than the national average, at 1.9% when the national rate was 3.3%, and as of March 2005, has fallen to 1.1%; 39% are employed by large firms, compared with a national average of 42%. Hampshire
Hampshire
has a considerably higher than national average employment in high-tech industries, but average levels in knowledge-based industry. About 25.21% of the population work in the public sector .

Many rural areas of Hampshire
Hampshire
have traditionally been reliant on agriculture, particularly dairy farming , although the significance of agriculture as a rural employer and rural wealth creator has declined since the first half of the 20th century and agriculture currently employs 1.32% of the rural population.

The New Forest
New Forest
area is a national park, and tourism is a significant economic segment in this area, with 7.5 million visitors in 1992. The South Downs
South Downs
and the cities of Portsmouth, Southampton, and Winchester also attract tourists to the county. Southampton
Southampton
Boat Show is one of the biggest annual events held in the county, and attracts visitors from throughout the country. In 2003, the county had a total of 31 million day visits, and 4.2 million longer stays.

The urban cities of Southampton
Southampton
and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
are both significant urban ports, with Southampton
Southampton
handling a large proportion of the national container freight and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
housing a large Royal Navy base. The maritime docks have traditionally been large employers in these maritime-urban cities, though mechanisation has forced diversification of the urban-maritime economy.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Southampton
Southampton
Docks

At the Census 2001 the ceremonial county recorded a population of 1,644,249, of which 1,240,103 were in the administrative county, 217,445 were in the unitary authority of Southampton, and 186,701 were in Portsmouth. The population of the administrative county grew 5.6% from the 1991 census, Southampton
Southampton
grew 6.2% while Portsmouth
Portsmouth
remained unchanged, compared with 2.6% for England and Wales as a whole. Eastleigh
Eastleigh
and Winchester
Winchester
grew fastest at 9% each.

About 96.73% of residents were white British, falling to 92.37% in Southampton. The significant ethnic minorities are Asian at 1.34% and mixed race at 0.84%; 0.75% of residents were migrants from outside the UK, and 73.86% stated their religion as Christianity and 16.86% were not religious. Significant minority religions were Islam (0.76%) and Hinduism (0.33%).

The county has a high level of car ownership, with only 15.7% having no access to a private car compared with 26.8% for England and Wales. The county has a lower than average use of trains (3.2 compared with 4.1% for commuting) and buses (3.2 to 7.4%), but a higher than average use of bicycles (3.5 to 2.7%) and cars (63.5% to 55.3%).

The table below shows the population change up to the 2011 census, contrasting the previous census. It also shows the proportion of residents in each district reliant upon lowest income and/or joblessness benefits, the national average proportion of which was 4.5% as at August 2012, the year for which latest data have been published. The most populous district of Hampshire
Hampshire
is New Forest District containing many villages and the towns of Fawley , Hythe and Dibden , Lymington
Lymington
, Lyndhurst , Milford-on-Sea , New Milton
New Milton
, Ringwood , and Totton and Eling .

_Population from census to census. Claimants of JSA or Income Support (DWP )_ UNIT JSA OR INC. SUPP. CLAIMANTS (AUGUST 2012) % OF 2011 POPULATION JSA AND INCOME SUPPORT CLAIMANTS (AUGUST 2001) % OF 2001 POPULATION POPULATION (APRIL 2011) POPULATION (APRIL 2001)

Hampshire 2.4% 4.3% 1,317,788 1,240,103

Ranked by district

Borough of Havant 4.1% 7.2% 120,684 116,849

Borough of Gosport 3.7% 5.7% 82,622 76,415

Borough of Rushmoor 2.9% 4.1% 93,807 90,987

Borough of Basingstoke
Basingstoke
and Deane 2.6% 3.8% 167,799 152,573

Borough of Eastleigh 2.3% 4.0% 125,199 116,169

New Forest
New Forest
District 2.2% 4.7% 176,462 169,331

Borough of Fareham 2.0% 3.7% 111,581 107,977

Borough of Test Valley 2.0% 3.8% 116,398 109,801

East Hampshire District 1.8% 4.0% 115,608 109,274

Winchester
Winchester
District 1.7% 3.6% 116,595 107,222

Hart District 1.3% 2.3% 91,033 83,505

EDUCATION

See also: List of schools in Hampshire and List of further education colleges in Hampshire
Hampshire

The school system in Hampshire
Hampshire
(including Southampton
Southampton
and Portsmouth) is comprehensive. Geographically inside the Hampshire
Hampshire
LEA are 24 independent schools, Southampton
Southampton
has three and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
has four. Few Hampshire
Hampshire
schools have sixth forms, which varies by district council. There are 14 further education colleges within the Hampshire LEA, including six graded as 'outstanding' by Ofsted : Alton College , Brockenhurst College , Farnborough College of Technology , Farnborough Sixth Form College , Peter Symonds College
Peter Symonds College
, Queen Mary\'s College , and South Downs
South Downs
College

The four universities are the University of Southampton
Southampton
, Southampton Solent
Solent
University , the University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth
, and the University of Winchester
Winchester
(which also had a small campus in Basingstoke
Basingstoke
until 2011). Farnborough College of Technology awards University of Surrey -accredited degrees.

POLITICS

Hampshire
Hampshire
is divided into 18 parliamentary constituencies . At the 2017 General Election , the Conservatives captured 16 seats, continuing their dominance in the county. Labour took two seats, Test and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
South . In the 2015 general election, every Hampshire seat except Southampton
Southampton
Test (Labour) was won by the Conservatives. In 2010, 14 constituencies were represented by Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs), two by the Liberal Democrats , and two by Labour . Labour represented the largest urban centre, holding both Southampton constituencies (Test and Itchen ). The Liberal Democrats held Portsmouth
Portsmouth
South and Eastleigh
Eastleigh
.

The Conservatives represent a mix of rural and urban areas: Aldershot , Basingstoke
Basingstoke
, East Hampshire , Fareham , Gosport , Havant , Meon Valley , North East Hampshire , North West Hampshire
Hampshire
, New Forest
New Forest
East , New Forest
New Forest
West , Portsmouth
Portsmouth
North , Romsey
Romsey
and Southampton
Southampton
North and Winchester
Winchester
.

At the 2013 local elections for Hampshire
Hampshire
County Council, the Conservative Party had a 37.51% share of the votes, the Liberal Democrats had 21.71%, the UK Independence Party had 24.61% and Labour 10%. As a result, 45 Conservatives, 17 Liberal Democrats, 10 UKIP, four Labour and one Community Campaign councillor sit on the County Council. Southampton
Southampton
City Council , which is a separate Unitary Authority, has 28 Labour, 16 Conservative, 2 Councillors Against the Cuts and 2 Liberal Democrat councillors. Portsmouth
Portsmouth
City Council , also a UA, has 25 Liberal Democrat, 12 Conservative and 5 Labour councillors.

Hampshire
Hampshire
also has its own County Youth Council (HCYC) and is an independent youth-run organisation. It meets once a month around Hampshire
Hampshire
and aims to give the young people of Hampshire
Hampshire
a voice. It also has numerous district and borough youth councils including Basingstoke's " Basingstoke
Basingstoke
color:#000000;">8.4 (47.1) 8.6 (47.5) 11.1 (52) 14.0 (57.2) 17.5 (63.5) 20.2 (68.4) 22.4 (72.3) 22.3 (72.1) 19.8 (67.6) 15.6 (60.1) 11.7 (53.1) 8.9 (48) 15.1 (59.2)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 2.9 (37.2) 2.6 (36.7) 4.1 (39.4) 5.7 (42.3) 9.0 (48.2) 11.7 (53.1) 13.7 (56.7) 13.7 (56.7) 11.4 (52.5) 8.9 (48) 5.4 (41.7) 3.2 (37.8) 7.7 (45.9)

AVERAGE RAINFALL MM (INCHES) 81.4 (3.205) 58.3 (2.295) 60.0 (2.362) 50.7 (1.996) 49.0 (1.929) 50.4 (1.984) 42.0 (1.654) 50.4 (1.984) 60.4 (2.378) 93.8 (3.693) 94.0 (3.701) 89.2 (3.512) 779.4 (30.685)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS (≥ 1.0 MM) 12.2 9.2 10.1 8.8 8.2 7.7 7.4 7.7 8.7 11.5 11.5 11.8 114.7

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 63.3 84.4 118.3 179.8 212.1 211.2 221.8 207.7 148.1 113.0 76.6 52.9 1,689.3

Source #1: Met Office
Met Office
(normals) and Met Office
Met Office

Source #2: Calculated from Met Office
Met Office
Data

CLIMATE DATA FOR SOUTHSEA , PORTSMOUTH 1976-2006

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 9.6 (49.3) 8.8 (47.8) 10.6 (51.1) 13.4 (56.1) 16.8 (62.2) 19.4 (66.9) 21.8 (71.2) 21.8 (71.2) 19.3 (66.7) 15.8 (60.4) 12.0 (53.6) 10.0 (50) 14.94 (58.88)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 5.1 (41.2) 4.3 (39.7) 5.4 (41.7) 6.4 (43.5) 9.6 (49.3) 12.3 (54.1) 15.0 (59) 15.0 (59) 12.8 (55) 10.9 (51.6) 7.5 (45.5) 5.9 (42.6) 9.18 (48.52)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 65 (2.56) 50 (1.97) 52 (2.05) 42 (1.65) 28 (1.1) 40 (1.57) 32 (1.26) 43 (1.69) 62 (2.44) 81 (3.19) 72 (2.83) 80 (3.15) 647 (25.46)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS 11.2 9.5 8.3 7.6 6.5 7.4 5.4 6.6 8.5 10.9 10.3 11.2 103.4

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 67.9 89.6 132.7 200.5 240.8 247.6 261.8 240.7 172.9 121.8 82.3 60.5 1,919.1

PERCENT POSSIBLE SUNSHINE 26 31 36 49 51 51 54 54 46 38 31 25 41

Source: Met Office
Met Office

CLIMATE DATA FOR LECKFORD, ANDOVER ELEVATION 117M, 1971-2000, EXTREMES 1960-2007

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 13.5 (56.3) 15.4 (59.7) 20.0 (68) 25.3 (77.5) 27.2 (81) 33.5 (92.3) 33.8 (92.8) 34.7 (94.5) 28.9 (84) 24.0 (75.2) 17.0 (62.6) 14.9 (58.8) 34.7 (94.5)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 7.0 (44.6) 7.3 (45.1) 9.9 (49.8) 12.6 (54.7) 16.3 (61.3) 18.9 (66) 21.8 (71.2) 21.8 (71.2) 18.3 (64.9) 14.0 (57.2) 9.9 (49.8) 7.8 (46) 13.8 (56.82)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 1.2 (34.2) 1.0 (33.8) 2.6 (36.7) 3.7 (38.7) 6.5 (43.7) 9.1 (48.4) 11.3 (52.3) 11.4 (52.5) 9.5 (49.1) 6.9 (44.4) 3.7 (38.7) 2.2 (36) 5.76 (42.38)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) −13.9 (7) −10.5 (13.1) −8.3 (17.1) −5.6 (21.9) −2.2 (28) 0.6 (33.1) 3.3 (37.9) 4.4 (39.9) 1.0 (33.8) −3.1 (26.4) −7.5 (18.5) −15.6 (3.9) −15.6 (3.9)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 88.07 (3.4673) 58.81 (2.3154) 63.31 (2.4925) 51.93 (2.0445) 50.85 (2.002) 59.27 (2.3335) 42.57 (1.676) 59.22 (2.3315) 69.60 (2.7402) 84.06 (3.3094) 82.12 (3.2331) 94.9 (3.736) 804.71 (31.6814)

Source: KNMI

CLIMATE DATA FOR SOLENT MRSC 1980-2010

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 8.2 (46.8) 8.2 (46.8) 10.5 (50.9) 13.2 (55.8) 16.7 (62.1) 19.2 (66.6) 21.4 (70.5) 21.4 (70.5) 19.0 (66.2) 15.5 (59.9) 11.5 (52.7) 8.7 (47.7) 14.46 (58.04)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 3.4 (38.1) 2.8 (37) 4.5 (40.1) 6.1 (43) 9.2 (48.6) 12.1 (53.8) 14.2 (57.6) 14.3 (57.7) 12.2 (54) 9.6 (49.3) 6.2 (43.2) 3.8 (38.8) 8.2 (46.77)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 68.8 (2.709) 49.3 (1.941) 51.6 (2.031) 42.4 (1.669) 43.4 (1.709) 42.0 (1.654) 44.5 (1.752) 50.0 (1.969) 53.7 (2.114) 86.2 (3.394) 83.2 (3.276) 83.9 (3.303) 699 (27.521)

Source: UK Met Office
Met Office

CLIMATE DATA FOR FARNBOROUGH , HAMPSHIRE, UK

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 8 (46) 8 (46) 11 (51) 13 (56) 17 (63) 20 (68) 22 (72) 22 (72) 19 (66) 15 (59) 11 (51) 8 (47) 14.5 (58.1)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 2 (36) 2 (36) 3 (37) 4 (39) 7 (45) 10 (50) 12 (54) 12 (54) 10 (50) 7 (45) 4 (39) 3 (37) 6.3 (43.5)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 62.5 (2.46) 40.6 (1.60) 47.8 (1.88) 47.5 (1.87) 51.1 (2.01) 51.6 (2.03) 39.6 (1.56) 49.3 (1.94) 61.2 (2.41) 71.1 (2.80) 60.2 (2.37) 64.5 (2.54) 647 (25.47)

Source: Weather.com

HILLS

There is a separate list of hills with Hampshire's highest and most notable hills.

CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES

New high-rise flats in the rapidly changing Basingstoke
Basingstoke

Hampshire's county town is Winchester, a historic city that was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Wessex
Wessex
and of England until the Norman conquest of England . The port cities of Southampton
Southampton
and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
were split off as independent unitary authorities in 1997, although they are still included in Hampshire
Hampshire
for ceremonial purposes. Fareham , Gosport and Havant have grown into a conurbation that stretches along the coast between the two main cities. The three cities are all university cities, Southampton
Southampton
being home to the University of Southampton
Southampton
and Southampton
Southampton
Solent
Solent
University (formerly Southampton
Southampton
Institute), Portsmouth
Portsmouth
to the University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth
, and Winchester
Winchester
to the University of Winchester
Winchester
(formerly known as University College Winchester; King Alfred's College).The northeast of the county houses the Blackwater Valley conurbation, which includes the towns of Farnborough , Aldershot
Aldershot
, Blackwater and Yateley
Yateley
and borders both Berkshire
Berkshire
and Surrey.

Hampshire
Hampshire
lies outside the green belt area of restricted development around London, but has good railway and motorway links to the capital, and in common with the rest of the south-east has seen the growth of dormitory towns since the 1960s. Basingstoke
Basingstoke
, in the northern part of the county, has grown from a country town into a business and financial centre. Aldershot, Portsmouth
Portsmouth
, and Farnborough have strong military associations with the Army , Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force respectively. The county also includes several market towns : Alton , Andover , Bishop\'s Waltham , Lymington
Lymington
, New Milton
New Milton
, Petersfield
Petersfield
, Ringwood , Romsey
Romsey
and Whitchurch .

CITIES AND TOWNS BY POPULATION SIZE: (2001 census)

* Southampton
Southampton
– 244,224 * Portsmouth
Portsmouth
– 207,100 * Basingstoke
Basingstoke
– 90,171 (town), 152,573 (borough) * Gosport – 69,348 (town), 77,000 (borough) * Andover – 64,000 * Waterlooville
Waterlooville
– 63,558 * Aldershot
Aldershot
– 58,120 * Farnborough – 57,147 * Fareham / Portchester – 56,010 (town), 109,619 (borough) * Eastleigh
Eastleigh
– 52,894 (town), 116,177 (borough) * Havant – 45,435 (town), 115,300 (borough) * Winchester
Winchester
– 41,420 (city), 116,600 (district) * Fleet – 32,726 * Petersfield
Petersfield
-14,974 (town)

_For the complete list of settlements see List of places in Hampshire and List of settlements in Hampshire by population ._

CULTURE, ARTS AND SPORT

Winchester
Winchester
Cathedral

Due to Hampshire's long association with pigs and boars, natives of the county have been known as _ Hampshire
Hampshire
hogs_ since the 18th century. Hampshire
Hampshire
has literary connections, being the birthplace of authors including Jane Austen , and Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
, and the residence of others, such as Charles Kingsley . Austen lived most of her life in Hampshire, where her father was rector of Steventon, Hampshire , and wrote all of her novels in the county. Hampshire
Hampshire
also has many visual art connections, claiming the painter John Everett Millais
John Everett Millais
as a native, and the cities and countryside have been the subject of paintings by L. S. Lowry and J. M. W. Turner . Selborne
Selborne
was the home of Gilbert White ; his house is now a museum, which also includes The Oates Collection, dedicated to the explorer Lawrence Oates .

Hampshire
Hampshire
is the home of many orchestras, bands, and groups. Musician Laura Marling hails originally from Hampshire. The Hampshire
Hampshire
County Youth Choir is based in Winchester
Winchester
, and has had successful tours of Canada and Italy in recent years. The Hampshire
Hampshire
County Youth Orchestra (with its associated chamber orchestra and string orchestra ) is based at Thornden Hall . The Rose Bowl

The game of cricket was largely developed in south-east England, with one of the first teams forming at Hambledon in 1750, with the Hambledon Club
Hambledon Club
creating many of cricket's early rules. Hampshire County Cricket
Cricket
Club today is a successful first-class team, captained by James Adams . The main county ground is the Rose Bowl in West End , which has hosted several one day internationals and which, following redevelopment, hosted its first test match in 2011. Hampshire
Hampshire
have also been captained by former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne .

Hampshire's relatively safe waters have allowed the county to develop as one of the busiest sailing areas in the country, with many yacht clubs and several manufacturers on the Solent. The sport of windsurfing was invented at Hayling Island
Hayling Island
, which is to the south east of the county. Fratton Park as viewed from the Milton End in 2006

Hampshire
Hampshire
has several association football teams, including Premier League side Southampton
Southampton
F.C. , League One side Portsmouth
Portsmouth
F.C. and Conference Premier sides Aldershot
Aldershot
Town F.C. and Eastleigh
Eastleigh
F.C. , . Portsmouth
Portsmouth
F.C. and Southampton
Southampton
F.C. have traditionally been fierce rivals. Portsmouth
Portsmouth
won the FA Cup
FA Cup
in 1939 and 2008 and Football League title twice, in 1949 and 1950, but have spent much of the last 50 years outside the top division, including four seasons in the Fourth Division , which they were promoted from as Champions in May 2017, back up to League One (the lowest division in senior football). Southampton, meanwhile, won the FA Cup
FA Cup
in 1976, reached 3 other finals (1900, 1902, and 2003) and spent 27 unbroken years in England's top division between 1978 and 2005. Aldershot
Aldershot
F.C. became members of the Football League
Football League
in 1932 but never progressed beyond the Third Division , and on 25 March 1992 went into liquidation and were forced to resign from the league. A new football club, Aldershot
Aldershot
Town F.C. was formed almost immediately, and started life in Division 3 of the Isthmian League . In 2008 Aldershot
Aldershot
Town were crowned the Conference Premier champions and were promoted into the Football League, however they lost their Football League
Football League
status after the 2012–13 season which saw them finish bottom of the football league.

Hampshire
Hampshire
also has a number of Non League football teams. Basingstoke Town , Farnborough and Havant ">_ Hampshire Chronicle
Hampshire Chronicle
_ office, 1999

The county's news is covered on BBC
BBC
TV by BBC
BBC
South Today from its studios in Southampton
Southampton
. ITV news covers the county as part of ITV Meridian , though both BBC
BBC
London and ITV London can be received in northern and eastern parts of the county. Countless commercial radio stations cover the area, and BBC
BBC
Radio Solent
Solent
looks after the majority of the county, while BBC
BBC
Surrey
Surrey
can be heard in the north east. University journalism students also broadcast bulletins for local areas – such as Winol in Winchester.

Southampton
Southampton
and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
support daily newspapers; the _Southern Daily Echo _ and _ Portsmouth
Portsmouth
News _. The _ Basingstoke
Basingstoke
Gazette _ is published three times a week, and there are a number of other papers that publish on a weekly basis.

TRANSPORT

Southampton
Southampton
Airport , with an accompanying main line railway station , is an international airport situated in the Borough of Eastleigh
Eastleigh
, close to Swaythling in the city of Southampton
Southampton
. Cross-channel and cross- Solent
Solent
ferries link the county to the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands and continental Europe. The South Western Main Line
South Western Main Line
(operated by South West Trains) railway from London to Weymouth runs through Winchester
Winchester
and Southampton, and the Wessex
Wessex
Main Line from Bristol
Bristol
to Portsmouth
Portsmouth
also runs through the county as does the Portsmouth
Portsmouth
Direct Line .

The M3 motorway connects the county to London. The construction of the Twyford Down cutting near Winchester
Winchester
caused major controversy by cutting through a series of ancient trackways (the Dongas) and other features of archaeological significance. The M27 motorway serves a bypass for the major conurbations and as a link to other settlements on the south coast. Other important roads include the A27 , A3 , A31 , A34 , A36 and A303 .

Hampshire
Hampshire
formerly had several canals, but most of these have been abandoned and their routes built over. The Basingstoke
Basingstoke
Canal has been extensively restored, and is now navigable for most of its route, but the Salisbury and Southampton
Southampton
Canal , Andover Canal and Portsmouth
Portsmouth
and Arundel Canal have all disappeared. Restoration of the Itchen Navigation , linking Southampton
Southampton
and Winchester, primarily as a wildlife corridor, began in 2008.

NOTABLE PEOPLE FROM HAMPSHIRE

Main article: List of notable people from Hampshire

SEE ALSO

* Business in Hampshire * Custos Rotulorum of Hampshire —Keepers of the Rolls * Hampshire (UK Parliament constituency) —Historical list of MPs for Hampshire
Hampshire
constituency * Healthcare in Hampshire * List of High Sheriffs of Hampshire
Hampshire
* List of churches in Hampshire * List of hills of Hampshire * List of Parliamentary constituencies in Hampshire * List of places in Hampshire * List of Lord Lieutenants of Hampshire
Hampshire
* Places of interest in Hampshire * Recreational walks in Hampshire

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Notes

* ^ Archaically known as the COUNTY OF SOUTHAMPTON, and less commonly as SOUTHAMPTONSHIRE

NOTES

* Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition . "Hampshire" * Bullen, Michael _et al_, _The Buildings of England: Hampshire ( Winchester
Winchester
and the North)_. Yale, 2010. ISBN 978-0-300-12084-4 * Draper, Jo. 1990. _Hampshire_. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. ISBN 0-946159-82-3 * _Pigot & Co's Atlas of the Counties of England_, 1840. London: J Pigot ;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v

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BOROUGHS OR DISTRICTS

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Eastleigh
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MAJOR SETTLEMENTS

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Aldershot
* Alton * Andover * Basingstoke
Basingstoke
* Bishop\'s Waltham * Blackwater * Bordon
Bordon
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Eastleigh
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Hedge End
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Solent
* Lymington
Lymington
* New Alresford * New Milton
New Milton
* Petersfield
Petersfield
* PORTSMOUTH * Ringwood * Romsey
Romsey
* SOUTHAMPTON * Stockbridge * Tadley * Totton and Eling * Waterlooville
Waterlooville
* Whitchurch * WINCHESTER

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Yateley
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