Eastleigh is part of the picturesque Hamble Valley area stretching along the River Hamble and Solent, including Bishop’s Waltham, Bursledon, Botley, Netley Abbey, and Hamble.

Eastleigh is a modern town, owing much of its redevelopment to the 1950s, 60s, 70, and 80s. However, on the surface, Eastleigh may not appear to be a cosmopolitan place but take a closer look. Southampton International Airport is just a short drive away, giving you genuinely global commuting possibilities.

The airport is ranked the 20th largest in the country, and while it bears the Southampton name, it is actually situated in Eastleigh.

Eastleigh also has a railway station that serves the South Western Main Line from London, Waterloo. It also has excellent bus services, and the M27 motorway is easily accessible for those who commute by car.

If shopping is your thing, the Swan Shopping Centre should have enough high street brands to keep you occupied, and if you fancy popping into Southampton for some retail therapy, it’s only a short car journey away.

Eastleigh's History

At first glance, Eastleigh does not look like the sort of place that can trace its origins back to Roman Britain, but the town has existed for longer than you might think. The name Eastleigh derives from an Anglo-Saxon name, East Leah, which means “clearing in a forest.”

The town was settled by the Romans because of the old Roman road built in A.D 79 between Winchester (Venta Belgarum) and Bitterne (Clausentum), although the earliest actual records date back to 932 AD.

The most recent history relates to the coming of the railways, with Eastleigh falling on the Southampton to Winchester line. In 1891, the London and South Western Railway Company transferred their carriage and wagon works from London to Eastleigh, making it a significant railway town.

In 2006, a Channel 4 programme ranked Eastleigh as the 9th best place to live in Britain. So, if you want to know why the town is so popular, come and see for yourself.

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