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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Waterlooville was 9,549.
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As the name suggests, Waterlooville didn’t begin life until after the greatest and at that time bloodiest battle in British military history.
The Battle of Waterloo made a huge impression on the national psyche, Britons feared an invasion from Napoleon Bonaparte and Waterloo really was seen as the last stand. The incredible victory saw a great many places named after the battle (such as London’s famous train station), however the Hampshire village, which started to form in 1815, actually took its name from a pub (in true Hampshire style). Situated in the Forest of Bere, the Heroes of Waterloo was hastily named to attract soldiers returning from the battle and passing through on their way home. It was one of 5 buildings and as the village grew, eventually to distinguish itself from other ‘Waterloos’ it changed Its name to Waterlooville.
Prior to this there was just a scattering of villages with, according to a census in 1801, a combined population of less than a thousand. At this time, villages were split into Parishes, run by the local church. People living within the parish would pay their taxes. When it first began, Waterlooville was ‘extra-parochial’, meaning it didn’t sit in any parish, so those living there didn’t pay any rates (happy days!).
More houses and buildings soon followed and by 1829 a village had grown, so much so that St George’s Church was built, making it a parish, and therefore taxes would need to be paid (booo!). By 1850 the village’s population was still less than 200. In 1858 Waterlooville was divided into 2 parts by the crossroads that bisected it. The area south became the Parish of Farlington and to the north the Parish of Catherington.
Another new village had sprung up just to the north of Waterloo, Cowplain first appeared on maps in the 1860s close to an inn called the Spotted Cow and it’s believed that once again, the place was named after its pub.
In 1904 Waterlooville gained gas street lighting and in 1907 things got even more civilised when a golf course was opened. The town had also gained industry,
Harold Wadham started a company manufacturing bicycles in 1900. When his brother Wilbur joined the company 5 years later they started making big plans, by 1908 they were making coaches and in 1932 had moved on to making ambulances.
Waterlooville then really took off, in 1958 the population was 2,881, and by 1971 it was 10,000. In total around 9,000 new homes were built and at the time Waterlooville was the fastest growing town in Britain. The 80’s saw another boom and the arrival of GEC Marconi who opened a factory building components for Stingray anti-submarine torpedoes. A peace camp was set up near the construction site in protest which held a major music festival to attract more attention. As the town grew it swallowed up many of the original villages, including Cowplain.
Today the love of good times and indeed welcoming pubs, good food and life in general can still be found here, along with excellent transport links, proximity to a major airport, quick route to the seaside, and miles of open countryside right on the doorstep, it’s little wonder Waterlooville removals are on the rise.
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Whether you are moving to or from Waterlooville, 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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