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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Basingstoke was 107,355.
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The earliest signs of a settlement in what is now Basingstoke date from the Neolithic period, finds from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age have all been found in the town. From around 600BC onwards it was native Celtic tribes that made themselves at home up until the Romans (what did they do for us?) turned up with their straight roads, hot water and toga parties.
The next invading force, the Saxon’s also settled around 700AD and it was a Saxon chief and his tribe the Basinga’s that gave the town it’s name. It wasn’t long before the Danish Vikings turned up, all angry and shouty and more than a bit stabby, which didn’t go down well with the now well-established Anglo-Saxons. The Vikings won the battle (at what is now Old Basing) but before long Alfred the Great returned and kicked the Vikings out of Wessex.
By the time of the Norman conquest, Basingstoke had a population of around 200 and was important enough to have been included in the Domesday Book. The town’s fortunes continued to fluctuate, with the arrival of markets and fairs bring prosperity and good times and the arrival of the Black Death which is estimated to have killed nearly a third of the population.
The next big furor to hit the town was the English Civil War, the grand manor of Basing House (which rivalled Hampton Court Palace in its size and grandeur) was home to John Paulet, Earl of Winchester and staunch Royalist. Parliamentarian forces besieged the house on three occasions Having failed at their first two attempts Cromwell himself arrived with a huge siege train constating of vast guns. The house fell Paulet captured and his home eventually burnt to the ground.
In 1880 the arrival of another army sparked more fighting. This time it was the Salvation Army, the ‘evangelical’ ways, prayers and condemnation of the locals didn’t go down well with the good folk of Basingstoke, in particular the brewers and innkeepers. Things kicked off and eventually troops called in to quell the fighting and read the Riot Act. As a result, the town got a bit of a bad reputation and was referred to in Parliament as ‘Barbarous Basingstoke’.
Today the town is much friendlier. A large shopping centre, retail parks, excellent travel links and exciting start-ups as well as more established companies. And not a Viking in sight!
Basingstoke Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Basingstoke, 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 Basingstoke
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.
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