Chandler's Ford History

"If my memory serves me correctly ......." Welcome to our Chandler's Ford Local History Blog. Our aim is to collect and record memories of Chandler's Ford, in Hampshire, and make them available to all. We shall also share old reports, maps and photographs where there is no copyright problem. Do help us by adding your photos and memories. Even if you can't quite remember what happened, write your version of events and encourage others to add theirs. Look forward to hearing from you. Chris

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Chandler's Ford Dateline

1588 Hiltonbury Farm appears on the map.
1847 The Railway arrived with a halt at Chandler's Ford.
1860 Thomas Chamberlayne acquired the Manor situated in Cranbury Park, including the Chandler’s Ford area
and Northern part of Eastleigh.
1883-5 Horseracing in Chandler's Ford.
1841 Population 170
1870s One of the largest brickworks in England was established between the railway and Castle Lane. The brickworks produced the 35 million bricks used for the London Law Courts.
1883-5 Horse racing in Chandler's Ford (see EDLHS paper).
1889 The first contract for the Carriage and Wagon works at Eastleigh was drawn up.
1890s Portions of the vast Hursley estate owned since 1718 by the Heathcote family, were sold off. The Ford and Hiltingbury portion (Hiltingbury/Hocombe triange), was bought by estate developer, Wallis. Plans were made for the land to be divided up for development, with roads names.

1892 Mary Wallis bought Brownhill Estate from the trustees of the late William Heathcote of Hursley.
1894 King's Court built for the Wallis's.
1897 Chandler’s Ford was made into a separate civil parish.
1898 Station Hotel built.
1900 Hursley Union Workhouse built in Hiltingbury (1921 TB Sanatorium, later still Leigh House, demolished in ?2001 for housing).
1901 Population 1085
1902 New school built.
1906 Albert Dean started coal, coke, corn and seed merchants.
1910 Chandler's Ford became a separate ecclesiastical parish.
1912 Isolation Hospital built (see EDHHS paper).
1914 Richie Hall built in memory of Dr Richie.
1923 New bridge built across Leigh Road "splash" ie ford.
1931 Population 3,148
1932 By a local government act Hursley Rural District Council ceased to be a separate entity, its lack of industry having led to depopulation. Chandler’s Ford had been under this civic administration, but now became part of Eastleigh Municipality as Eastleigh Borough.
1944 10,000 troops based in Hiltingbury woods and along CFord roads for several months in preparation for the D-Day invasions.
1945 Polish Dependents camp set up. By 1967 many Polish immigrants were living on the Velmore Housing Estate.
Postwar Rapid housing development.
? date Central precint built.
1960s Fryern Archade and Safeway supermarket built.
1965 Beeching report led to the contraction of the railway works at Eastleigh. To offset this the Borough Council encouraged private enterprise to develop an industrial estate which was built on the disused brickfields in south Chandler’s Ford. This was being completed in 1967. (see press release entitled, “Loss of Craftsmen Threatened”).
1967 The Buchanan South Hampshire study recommended a Solent City, to Extend to and include Chandler’s Ford, but this didn’t happen.
1974 Carrefour built one of first hypermarkets in Britain in CFord (now Asda).
1977 Nuffield hospital opened.
1983 The Mall and library opened.
2005 Population of SO53 27,000
Please let us know if you can add to it or if there are any inaccuracies.
Sources: Dissertation by Patricia Coward nee Marshall (1967) & Barbara Hillier's books (see publications section).


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