Eastleigh Guide

Eastleigh Guide


Eastleigh (Isca Augusta) was founded by West Saxons in the 7th century. The settlement grew to become a thriving medieval borough, established by royal licence in 1333 and forming a "satellite" of Winchester. For most of its history, Eastleigh remained a small market town, and its main role was as a large parish with a market and two annual fairs. It did not achieve independent status until 1894, when under the Local Government Act 1894 District Councils were created.

Eastleigh was an agrarian settlement in the Anglo-Saxon period, the name Eastleigh meaning Eclea's or Ealh-Clea's "Lea" or meadow, Hampshire List (hampshire-list.co.uk). When it was first recorded in 880 A. D. it was spelt Eclea and consisted of three family estates; one belonging to a kinsman of King Alfred called Æthelwald whose kinsman St Swithun was the Bishop of Winchester, and one belonging to Æthelweard (Æthelweardesleah) whose kinsman was another King of England, Edgar the Peaceful. The earliest documentary reference to Eastleigh appears in the ""Domesday Book"" as Estlei.

In the Middle Ages it was a small village and located on the border of Hampshire and the then Norman settlement of Southampton   so may have been considered for a borough. It lay within the Anglo-Saxon hundred of Exestan. Eastleigh is also the site of Bighton East Farm, a Romano-British farmstead. It has been suggested that the settlement of Bighton (Bighton "Beonna's Estate" in Old English), on the eastern edge of Eastleigh, may have been the site of a Romano-British villa.


The town has four secondary schools and eight primary schools. Barton Peveril College teaches students aged from 11 to 19 and is adjacent to Barton Peveril House. Eastleigh College, located on the outskirts of the town, caters for students aged 14+. King's Campus and Queen's Campus are two 11–16 colleges located on separate sites in the town centre. Abbeyfield School is situated within the grounds of The Larkhill Estate, Larkhill Road. The Boothwood School is based in the west of the town, next to Bransbury Park; it caters for students with special needs.

. There is also a large Salvation Army College on East Street. There are three secondary schools: Oakwood Park School, a Science College; Sir William Barton; and St. Anne's Catholic School. The oldest is Barton Peveril, founded in 1884, which has a Sixth Form College attached to it. Eastleigh College, which was the first comprehensive school in Britain (Eastleigh Technical High School) now has 4,000 students on roll. ". Eastleigh College is a large college of around 5500 students, located in the west of the town, on London Road.

The college has been awarded specialist status in Media Arts and completed filming of its own TV channel 'Spark'. The college was recently described by education watchdog Ofsted as "exceptional" and the best in Hampshire. There are two major secondary schools: the John Hansard School and Bournemouth School. There is also a further education college, Barton Peveril College (named after a local manor house which became a teacher training college), and Eastleigh College. Katharine Woolley, in her History of Newbury, says that the road from Winchester to Bitterne then passed through Eastleigh.


Holme was part of the ancient parish of Desborough, and then for a short time was in Naphill with Holme after that parish was created in 1844. Holme became a separate civil parish in 1866, and the ecclesiastical parish was joined with Naphill from 1871 until 1935 when it became part of Quarrendon Rural District. In 1936 most of Quarrendon Rural District became part of Chesham Urban District, and so Holme again became part of Desborough ecclesiastically.

[citation needed] Quarrendon RD continued to exist until 1974, but there is now no civil or ecclesiastical parish called Holme, though some properties in Holme still have the designation Q on their house number. The Church of the Messiah was built in Blackfriars Lane in 1903. There are also Methodist, Baptist, and United Reformed churches in Desborough Road and a United Reformed church in Leigh Road. The Union Churches of Providence and Hope meet at the former Reading School building in Desborough Road.

There is a non-denominational Christian Fellowship at Beckett Hill Community Centre. Desborough is in the civil parish of Deddington which from 9 June 2014 until 1 April 2018 was the name of a district council. It is now part of the Cherwell district council, which covers four neighbouring parishes. The parish has a population of 5,822; its area measures 4,604 hectares (11,480 acres). There is no record of the settlement in Domesday Book other than that which may be found under Bishopstoke.


From the airport inter-continental, national and regional air services connect Southampton to many destinations across the world. There are also many short-haul scheduled services from the airport to UK and European destinations and charter services to leisure destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Bulgaria. In addition, air freight companies are served by two dedicated cargo terminals located a short distance from the passenger terminal. There are also several smaller local railway stations in the town; Millbrook (which is west of the main town), Airport West, Botley and Hedge End (which is on the northern edge of the town).

There is a Non-Franchise Bus stop which serves direct routes to Romsey, New Milton, Southampton, Winchester and Salisbury. The city is also served by two National Express coach stops at Botley and Southampton Airport Parkway. There are twice-hourly trains to and from London, taking 1h 30mins–1h 45mins. Express trains take around 55min–58min and semi-fast trains around 1h 9mins–1h 25mins.  The price is based on the current standard open return fare £63 one way, or £118 for a flexible ticket valid up to December 2018, as of 5 January 2017.

. %. Another direct railway station is Southampton Central, which is the terminus of many main line trains, especially longer distance and cross-country services. National Express and Greyhound coaches depart from St Mary's Stadium directly to London and other major cities. Airport bus: The airport is served by National Express Coaches on the route X91 to London Victoria coach station, and also by several independent bus companies. We connect Eastleigh, Southampton, Winchester, Bournemouth, Poole, Romsey and Salisbury.

Eastleigh Running Club

Eastleigh Running Club (ERC) was formed in 1976 to encourage running activities in Southeast Hampshire. The club supports runners at all levels and ages. There are over 100 members, including competitive runners, fun runners, a trained first aider who drives the team ambulance on race days, and a large number of juniors. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in running!. Eastleigh Running Club is a club for everyone who enjoys running. We have members from all over the Eastleigh and surrounding areas.

Whether you are looking to get fit, compete, or just be a part of a friendly social group, we can offer something for everyone. The Eastleigh Running Club (ERC) is the running club in and around Eastleigh, the 3rd largest town in Hampshire, England, with a population of over 110 000. The Club was founded on 8 May 2013 by Don Walker. We are Southampton based digital marketing and seo specialists offering web design, seo, ppc, ecommerce and much more.

Things to do in Eastleigh

Eastleigh is a great place to live, work, visit and invest; it features a town centre for everything you need. Here are some places you should check out:  Eastleigh Museum <A href" hampshire-list.co.uk " target"_blank">Eastleigh Museum</A> is a great day out if you’re looking to learn more about the local area and prepare for the Diwali Festival on 25th November. The museum houses many different exhibitions on different themes including the history of Eastleigh and World War II in Hampshire.

It also showcases items that were once used in every day life. Eastern Road has the main shopping area including the largest shopping centre in Hampshire, Ransoms. The old town still survives, including its five hundred year old bridge, the Buttercross which is well worth a visit. Eastleigh is a town in Hampshire, which lies to the north east of Southampton within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park. The town offers a lively town centre with an array of bars, restaurants and shops.

Events in Eastleigh

Eastleigh is a bustling town with a diverse and ever-growing community. And whether you're a new resident or long-time resident, there is always something to do. There are plenty of events throughout the year, including our famous Eastleigh Unwrapped and Garden Sessions which attracts big names, such as Jools Holland, Seasick Steve & Fairport Convention. If you’re looking to try something new or just want to enjoy a different way to meet your neighbours or showcase your talents then scroll down for lots of local festivals & events where you can meet old friends and make some new ones!.

Eastleigh Unwrapped is a community festival full of live music, outdoor film screenings, children’s entertainment and great local food & drink. It’s an annual event that takes place in July in the lovely surroundings of Eastleigh Green. Eastleigh is also well known for the many festivals that take place throughout the year including the stunning Chalk Festival, Potfest the potters festival, and The Garden Sessions. These are fantastic events that are great for all the family, especially if you have young children who aren’t ready to sleep over night yet.

Eastleigh is one of the most ethnically diverse towns in Hampshire. In fact  the recent 2011 census  found that most residents (61%) were from a White British background while 31% were from various Black and Ethnic Minority communities including  Pakistani, Indian and African. Many of these communities are reflected in our cultural events. Eastleigh is a vibrant, bustling place to live with a great community spirit. One of the reasons that makes it such a popular place to live is the frequent opportunities for socialising.

There are festivals, exhibitions and fairs throughout the year, plenty of churches and cultural groups (not forgetting 12 pubs in the town centre!). The number of events taking place in Eastleigh is staggering, from music festivals, to food events, there’s something going on every week. Here is a list of the most popular events coming up this month across the borough. Eastleigh is a fantastic place to live, to work and to visit - the Local Community Organisations regularly organise community events which are free to attend.

Accommodation in Eastleigh

Accommodation in Eastleigh. Each summer we are asked what is the best accommodation option for each cricket match. Eastleigh has a selection of branded hotels including Holiday Inn and Travelodge. On the outskirts of the town is Ellington Lodge at The Concorde Club and travel a little further and stay at the Hilton Ageas Bowl where visitors and can also see high quality domestic and international cricket matches. Marriott and Crowne Plaza Hotels are situated away from the ground but easily accessible by road, rail or air links like Southampton Airport with cheap flights to London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport which have daily flights to other UK destinations like Glasgow Prestwick airport with flights to Spain, The Netherlands, Austria, Turkey and many more countries.

There are different types of hotels for guests to choose from at Eastleigh, including the Leisure Inn - a hotel for golf lovers; The Ellington Lodge - a luxurious country retreat; and Leconfield House Hotel near to Southampton Airport - a perfect location for business and leisure travellers. To save your time and money, you can always book the best deals with online discount brokers. For example, right now at HotelFinder. net you can find cheap hotels at Eastleigh: hampshire-list.co.uk.

Eastleigh boasts a large number of comfortable accommodation establishments in the immediate vicinity of every local attraction. The town has numerous budget hotels to choose from, such as Travelodge Eastleigh and Premiere Inn Eastleigh. Slightly more expensive, yet still offering remarkable value for money, are Premier Inn Eastleigh and Holiday Inn Express Eastleigh. Bed and breakfast accommodation in Eastleigh is also a popular option. Bed and Breakfast reservations can be made at any of the available B&Bs located on Eastleigh's high street or online via Bed & Breakfasts Online and UK Bed and Breakfasts.