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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Aldershot was 57,211.
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The first written evidence of Aldershot was its inclusion in the Domesday Book in 1086, at this time it was a small community in what was mostly wasteland and wasn’t considered suitable for agriculture.
Aldershot largely remained of little importance across the medieval period, throughout the Anarchy or during the English Civil War. The next time there was much to write home about was the arrival of the turnpike (a more well-kept and reliable road travellers could pay to use) that ran from Bagshot to Farnham in the 17th century. The road brought travellers, the travellers brought trade, the trade brought wealth and the wealth brought highwaymen!
Yes, the sparse vegetation, stretches of road with long open sight lines, areas of woodland and forest, plus carriages laden with rich pickings made it the perfect hunting ground for all kinds of thieves and ne’er-do-wells (“Its daylight bleedin’ robbery!”). A litany of colourful characters made newspaper headlines across the country. The stories of the crimes and daring getaways sold like hotcakes and the most prolific and feared robbers became celebrities, The Golden Farmer, Mol Cutpurse, William Plunket, Claude Duval, Mary Bryant to name but a rather dodgy few. The most famous highwaymen of all, Dick Turpin, almost certainly travelled through the countryside around Aldershot on his horse Black Bess.
It was the arrival of the first army training camp in 1854 during the Crimean War that put Aldershot most firmly on the map. In 1851 Aldershot’s population was recorded at 875, within just 10 years the population had grown to over 16,000. Along with the army personnel and their families came tradesmen, shopkeepers, tailors, brewers, builders, growers, ‘ladies of ill-repute’… Aldershot was a boom town.
By 1914 Aldershot had become the biggest military camp in the UK, with 20% of the British army being stationed in or around the town. During WWII 330,000 Canadian troops alone passed through the town that today takes great pride in its role as ‘The Home of the British Army’.
Aldershot Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Aldershot, or beyond, we pride ourselves on making the experience as hassle-free and streamlined as possible. With over 160 years of experience as a leading UK removal company, our personable, expert removals team will take the stress out of moving home or office.
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Secure Household Storage in Aldershot
Are you a homeowner requiring long or short term household storage for furniture and personal effects for which you no longer have room? Do you need secure flexible household storage at short notice, with the minimum of fuss?
With our multiple, large, secure purpose-built Hampshire storage facilities located in Aldershot, Farnborough and Petersfield, we can cater for all your storage needs. We can also arrange to collect and storage your belongings on your behalf. Please visit our Storage Service for further details.
Why use Over’s for your storage needs?
Of course, it’s not just the calibre of our personnel that matters. We are also proud of our modern fleet of specialised removal vehicles, lifting equipment, packaging and dedicated storage facilities to help us best cater to all your storage requirements.