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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Eastleigh was 78,716.
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Eastleigh lies on the route of an old Roman road connecting Venta Belgarum (Winchester) and Clausentum (Bitterne). Traces of Roman life have been found in the area such as coins, pottery and in 1864 a group of railway workers dug up a lead lined coffin, complete with the remains of its inhabitant, a 25-year-old woman, dating back to around 79AD. Stone Age tools such as arrowheads, axes have also been discovered, particularly in the Bishopstoke area.
The first recording of ‘East Leah’ (leah being a Saxon term for a forest clearing) came in 932AD when King Aethelstan (Alfred the Great’s grandson and the first King of England) gave it to one of his military aids. East Leah was also mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, which denotes it must have acquired a church to service the small population.
East Leah survived a number of peaceful centuries, it was unaffected by either the Anarchy or the English Civil War, both of which saw battles in Hampshire. In fact, the first major rumblings were steam trains which came along with the opening of the railway.
It was quite an event and even attracted crowds as people walked miles to see the new trains. The first arrival (possibly late?!?) came on the 10th of June 1839. It wasn’t just a few locals, newspaper reports of the time show that thousands of people came to witness the event, “Booths had been erected with the double view of affording opportunity for obtaining refreshment and a sight of the departing or arriving train; and, in addition to the great numbers that availed themselves of such accommodation”.
The first station wasn’t Eastleigh, the title went to Bishopstoke which at the time was the more important of the two towns. It became Bishopstoke Junction in 1852 when a line to Fareham was opened. Another name change occurred in 1889 when it became ‘Eastleigh and Bishopstoke’ before Bishopstoke was dropped altogether in July 1923.
The trains put Eastleigh on the map and the town grew steadily. It was hit by air raids in WWII, most likely due to its proximity to Southampton and Portsmouth. Eastleigh had already taken in refugees from the larger conurbations. It wasn’t the first time, in 1937 4,000 children, refugees from the Spanish Civil War arrived from Bilbao and were housed in a camp at North Stoneham. This would later be used by troops in the build up to D-Day in June 1944.
Arguably the biggest claim to fame has to go to Eastleigh Airport (now Southampton Airport) where the Spitfire was first flown in March 1936. Another touch of Hollywood comes from actor Colin Firth who was educated at Eastleigh College.
The Romans, troops and crowds of trainspotters have all gone, a modern town with excellent transport links and quick access to stunning countryside remains, with a selection of good shops, cafes and pubs.
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