Dunbridge is a hamlet in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. It is on a tributary of the River Test, its nearest town is Romsey, which lies 3.75 miles south-east from the village. The Doomsday Book records the manor of Denebrugg being held by one Gilbert de Breteville; the hamlet is served by Mottisfont & Dunbridge railway station on the Wessex Main Line
Andover is a town in the English county of Hampshire. The town is on the River Anton, a major source of the Test, 18 miles west of the town of Basingstoke, both major rail stops, it is 15 miles NNW of the city of Winchester, 25 miles north of the city of Southampton and 65 miles WSW of London. Andover is twinned with the towns of Redon in France, Goch in Germany, Andover, Massachusetts in the United States, its name is recorded in Old English in 955 as Andeferas, is thought to be of Celtic origin: compare Welsh onn dwfr = "ash water". Andover's first mention in history is in 950 when King Edred is recorded as having built a royal hunting lodge there. In 962 King Edgar called a meeting of the Saxon'parliament' at his hunting lodge near Andover. Of more importance was the baptism, in 994 of a Viking king named Olaf; the identity of that man was either Olof Skötkonung. The baptism was part of a deal with King Ethelred II of England whereby he stopped ravaging England and returned home. Olav Tryggvason became king of Norway in 995 and tried to convert his country to Christianity before his death in the Battle of Svolder in 1000.
Olof Skötkonung was king of Sweden and became its first Christian king and began c. 995 to mint Sweden's first coins with the help of English expertise. At the time of the Domesday Book Andover had 107 adult male inhabitants and had a total population of about 500, it was a large settlement. Andover had six watermills which ground grain to flour; the town's relative isolation implies a market for flour. In 1175 King Richard I sold Andover a charter granting certain townspeople rights and forming a merchant guild which took over the governmental rights, see ancient borough; the members elected two officials, who ran the town. In 1201 King John gave the merchants the right to collect royal taxes in Andover themselves. In 1256 Henry III gave the townspeople the right to hold a court and try criminals for offences committed in Andover. Andover sent MPs to the parliaments of 1295 and 1302–1307; the town was ravaged by two serious fires, one in 1141 and another in 1435. Andover remained a small market town.
Processing wool appears to have been the main industry and street names in the area of the town known as "Sheep Fair" commemorate this. A weekly market, an annual fair were held; as well as the Church of St Mary the town had a priory and a hospital run by monks, dedicated to St John the Baptist, a lepers hostel to St Mary Magdalene. In 1538 during the Reformation Henry VIII closed the hospital. In 1571 a free school for the boys of Andover was established in the grounds of St Mary's Church; this in time became Andover Grammar School, in the 1970s it became John Hanson Community School. The school has occupied various sites in the town over the course of its history and is located in Floral Way. In 1599 the town received a new charter from Elizabeth I; the merchants guild was made a corporation and the number of annual fairs was increased from one to three. Like other towns Andover suffered from outbreaks of plague. There were outbreaks in 1603-5, 1625–6 and 1636. During the 18th century, being on the main Exeter – Salisbury – London road, the place became a refuelling or overnight stop for stagecoaches and other passing trade.
More than 30 coaches passed through the town each day. In 1789 a canal to Southampton was opened, though this was never a commercial success and closed in 1859. In 1836 the Borough established a small police force: for the most part a gaoler. Andover was linked to Basingstoke and thus to London on its new railway to Salisbury when Andover junction station was opened on 3 July 1854. A railway from the 1860s ran to Southampton, built on the bed of the canal, for about 100 years, until 1964; the land, together with the adjacent gasworks and P. M. Coombes woodyards, was sold to the TSB Trust Company who built their headquarters there; the population grew from 3,304 in 1801 to 5,501 in 1871. During the 19th century the town acquired all the usual additions, a theatre in 1803, gas street lighting in 1838, a fire station and cottage hospital in 1877, a swimming pool opened in 1885 and a recreation ground opened in 1887. A water company was formed in 1875 to provide piped water to the town and a system of sewers and drains was built in 1899–1902.
The public library opened in 1897. Despite this burgeoning of the amenities of the town in 1845 a notorious scandal involving the hardships endured by the inmates of the workhouse led indirectly to reform of the Poor Law Act, principally involving segregation of a now-obligatory infirmary for local people from the workhouse for the able-bodied, but better governance; the town was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835. In 1846, the town came to public attention; the Andover workhouse scandal brought to light evidence of beatings, sexual abuse and general mistreatment of workhouse inmates by the overseers. The woollen industry had declined but new industries took its place. Taskers Waterloo Ironworks opened at Anna Valley in flourished. Many examples of the machinery produced by Taskers can be seen at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke; the town's largest employer is the Ministry of Defence. RAF Andover was opened on Andover Airfield, to the south of the town, during the First World War and became the site of the RAF Staff College.
In 1926, the Andover War Memorial Hospital was opened by Field Marshall Allanby. The hospital provides inpatient re
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the county of Hampshire, on the south coast of England. The service's chief fire officer is Neil Odin; the Service was formed on 4 April 1948 as a result of the Fire Services Act 1947. All local authorities were duty-bound to make provision for firefighting under the Fire Brigades Act 1938. Many meetings and discussions were held prior to the service's creation in 1948 by the Hampshire fire service committees, to discuss who would be appointed the role of chief fire officer and how the service would be structured. With ongoing expansion, the service was under increasing pressure to open a service HQ; the FRS was hoping to use and acquire North Hill House in Winchester for usage as the headquarters — a building still desired by the Admiralty at the time and therefore the service was not allowed to buy it. In May 1948; however twenty years in 1968, the service HQ moved to a floor of Ashburton Court, The Castle, Winchester as well as the control room.
In 1997, Hampshire County Council lost control of the FRS, transferring responsibility to the newly formed Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority. HFRS are now headquartered in Eastleigh. Since late 2015, it has shared its headquarters with Hampshire Constabulary. Water Tender Ladder: P1 Water Tender: P4 First Response Capability: P5 Rescue Pump: P7/P8 Small Fires Vehicle: L1 Water Carrier: W1/W3 Aerial Ladder Platform: A1 Incident Command Unit: C1 Command Support Unit: C2 /C3 Environmental Protection Unit: E1 Light 4x4 Pump: M1 Light 4x4 Tender: M2 Heavy 4x4 Tender: M3 Wildfire Unit: M4 Response Support Vehicle: R1 Water Rescue Unit: R2 Animal Rescue Unit: R3 Maritime Incident Support Unit Fire & Emergency Support Service unit: S5 Prime Mover + High Volume Pump: T1 Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer: T2 Prime Mover + Foam Response Unit: F1+F2 Co-Responder Vehicle: V1CBRN Response: Detection, Identification & Monitoring: H8 Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Unit: H9Urban Search & Rescue: Search & Rescue Unit: R4 Search & Rescue Dog Unit: R9 Operational Support Unit: T1 Prime Mover: T2/T3/T4/T5/T6Pods: Module 1 - Technical Search Equipment Module 2 - Heavy Transport, Confined Space & Hot Cutting Module 3 - Breaching & Breaking Equipment Module 4 - Multi Purpose Vehicle Module 5 - Shoring Operations Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with the South Central Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical cover to select areas of Hampshire.
21 areas have been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover. Annually, the service attends over 13,000 medical emergencies supporting the ambulance service; the aim of a co-responder is to preserve life until the arrival of either a Rapid Response Vehicle or an ambulance. Co-Responder Vehicles are single manned by a specially trained firefighter, who will take the vehicle to his or her workplace/home and will respond from there when alerted to an incident via pager; each vehicle is equipped with: Defibrillator Bag and mask resuscitator Oxygen Airways Suction units Standard first aid equipment Entonox In addition to co-responding, the service has rolled out the Immediate Emergency Care program which has resulted in all front line fire appliances being equipped with more advanced medical equipment. This includes a defibrillator and patient monitoring equipment; as of October 2016, all appliances and front line crews had received equipment. In 2015, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service carried out a risk review to determine how to reduce costs to match a £16m funding gap that would develop by 2020 due to funding cuts.
Following a public consultation in late 2015, the final proposals confirmed that none of the 51 fire stations in Hampshire would close and there would be no compulsory redundancies. Costs would be saved by reducing the number of operational firefighters at stations, including allowing some engines to respond to minor incidents with a smaller crew; the second major change was to introduce smaller engines at some stations. Until 2015, all Hampshire engines were design; the changes designated three types of fire engine: Enhanced Capability engines, which are similar in size to a traditional fire engine. Fire service in the United Kingdom Fire engine Fire apparatus FiReControl List of British firefighters killed in the line of duty
Braishfield is a village and civil parish north of Romsey in Hampshire, England. The name is thought to be derived from the Old English bræsc + feld, meaning'open land with small branches or brushwood'; the hamlet of Pucknall lies due east of the village. The parish lies with chalk in the north. To the south and east of the village this is overlain by Palaeocene sands and clays of the Lambeth Group. At the southern edge the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are on younger deposits of Eocene age, sloping from a ridge of the Nursling sands into a valley of London Clay. Archaeological discoveries in Braishfield include the remains of some of the oldest dwellings to be found in Great Britain and the first Neolithic dwelling site of any kind to be discovered in Hampshire; the Church of England parish church of All Saints was built in 1855. The Village has neither main roads nor railways, but is crossed by the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath. Braishfield has a long running football club. Founded in 1907, they run two adult sides in the Southampton League and six boys teams at various age groups in the Test Way Youth League.
There is a village cricket club. Braishfield is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a miserly Edwardian lady, seen searching the village for the fortune she buried shortly before her death; the television series Worzel Gummidge was filmed in part here, including scenes at the school. Braishfield is twinned with: Crouay, France
Abbotswood is a new 52-hectare building development planned to have 800 homes. It is located just to the north east of the town of Romsey in the Test Valley local government district. On 1 August 2014, planning permission was sought for a local centre consisting of a shop, doctors/dentists surgery, community centre, a day nursery; the planning application reference is 14/01836/RESS. Residents of Abbotswood complained about slow broadband speeds. Newly built houses at Abbotswood were left out of existing Next-generation access broadband rollouts. In January 2015, County Leader Roy Perry, announced a scheme to help fund the rollout of faster broadband to new build properties in Hampshire. By 16 July 2015 residents of Abbotswood were able to access faster broadband. In 2012 and early 2013, there were reports that water run-off from the building site was the cause of flooding to nearby Cupernham residents gardens and houses; this was found to be incorrect and that the development may have in fact, alleviated the flooding.
Locals have been documenting the ongoing construction of the site. As of December 2014 there were 458 homes occupied
Appleshaw is a village in the English county of Hampshire. The name Appleshaw is derived from Old English ‘scarga’ - a shaugh or wood, it includes the hamlet of Ragged Appleshaw, the ‘ragged’ being a corruption of ‘roe gate’ - the gate of the Royal Deer Forest of Chute. The northern boundary of the parish is the Wiltshire border; this small parish lies on the Wiltshire border and includes the hamlets of Redenham and Ragged Appleshaw, including part of Redenham Park. Granted the right to two annual fairs in 1658, Appleshaw became a rival to the great Weyhill sheep fair; the Salisbury Journal in 1801 reported that 15,000 sheep were sold at Appleshaw - a reduction on the previous year's total. W. G. Grace once played cricket here, with his bat made of Wallop willow. In the middle of the street a clock sticks out from a barn wall, placed there to celebrate Queen Victoria’s jubilee. Appleshaw has Appleshaw St Peter's CE Primary School. Official site
Hampshire Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for policing the counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in South East England. The force area includes Southampton, the largest city in South East England, the naval city of Portsmouth, it covers the New Forest National Park, sections of the South Downs National Park, large towns such as Basingstoke, Andover and Aldershot, the historic city of Winchester. The constabulary, as it is constituted, dates from 1967, but modern policing in Hampshire can be traced back to 1832. In late 2015, the force moved its strategic headquarters to Eastleigh, into a building shared with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. At the same time, the force moved its Operational Headquarters to Mottisfont Court in Winchester; the Support & Training Headquarters and control room are located in Netley, near Southampton, in buildings of the former Netley Hospital. The first constituted police force formed in Hampshire was the Winchester City Police, founded in 1832.
The Hampshire County Constabulary was established seven years in December 1839 as a result of the passing of the County Police Act that year. The force had a chief constable and two superintendents: one was based in Winchester, the second based on the Isle of Wight; the first separate police force on the island was formed in 1837 when the Newport Borough Police was established. A separate Isle of Wight Constabulary was not formed until 1890 when the island was the granted administrative county status. During the 19th century, Hampshire County Constabulary absorbed various borough forces including Basingstoke Borough Police, Romsey Borough Police, Lymington Borough Police and Andover Borough Police; the Isle of Wight Constabulary absorbed the borough forces of Newport and Ryde. Winchester and Portsmouth continued to have independent police forces. In 1914 the Special Constabulary started to perform regular duties'for the continuous preservation of order during the war'. Prior to this Special Constables were only called up to assist at major riots.
In 1943, as part of the Defence Regulations 1942, Hampshire County Constabulary was amalgamated with the Isle of Wight and Winchester City Police forces to form the Hampshire Joint Police Force. The two city forces, Southampton City Police and Portsmouth City Police, remained independent. Although this arrangement was intended only as a wartime measure, it continued after hostilities ended. In 1948, the merger was made permanent, with Hampshire Joint Police Force being renamed Hampshire Constabulary; the name was changed once again to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary. The Police Act 1964 led to the amalgamation of the city forces into the Hampshire force; this created the present-day Hampshire Constabulary. The last major changes to the police area were in 1974, when the Local Government Act changed a number of local government areas, the responsibility for policing Christchurch was transferred to Dorset Police; the names of forces that have policed the counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight since the nineteenth century are illustrated below: In 1965, the force had an establishment of 1,346 and an actual strength of 1,137.
The headquarters moved to their current locations in Eastleigh and Winchester in 2015. The previous facility in Winchester, close to Winchester Prison sat on the site of the first county headquarters, built in 1847. Between 2013 and 2017, a number of police stations were closed and sold, while others had their public facilities closed; the need to reduce costs led to the formation of a Joint Operations Unit with Thames Valley Police which, during the course of 2012, saw the amalgamation of Roads Policing Units, Training and Dog Units of the two forces. The IT departments of the forces merged in early 2011. In April 2015, Hampshire Constabulary announced a "new-look policing model", beginning a major reorganisation. 1840 - 14 Superintendents appointed, each to head a'Division'. 1893 - Chief Constable Peregrine Fellowes, a former Assistant Adjutant General of Australia, in office for less than two years, is fatally injured in Romsey Road, Winchester - outside police headquarters - when, together with other officers, he attempts to stop a runaway horse and trap.
Crushed against a wall he dies several days from his injuries and is buried in the Fellowes family plot at Westhill Cemetery, Winchester. 1914 - In Andover, the imprisonment of a mother and daughter sparks rioting involving crowds of up to two thousand people. Local officers seek the assistance of the fire brigade who are pelted with stones and retreat to their station; the arrival of mounted officers from Basingstoke fails to quell the disturbances and only after three days do extra officers drafted in from other stations bring the disorder to an end. 1915 - Southampton Police appoint two women police - they were not served in uniform. Miss Annette Tate was one of them 1929 - Hampshire Constabulary acquires its first motorised patrol vehicle - a BSA motorcycle combination. 1943 - Winchester City Police and Isle of Wight Constabulary forced to amalgamate with Hampshire as a war time measure. The amalgamation became permanent in 1947. 1944 - Women Inspector appointed: Miss P Yates. 1957 - On 1 April the name of the force changed from Hampshire Constabulary to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary 1967 - Southampton Police and Portsmouth Police amalgamated with the Hampshire County Force 1970 - The Isle of Wight Festival takes place at Afton Down attracting huge crowds, estimates varying from five to six hu