Place:Basingstoke, Hampshire, England


Alt namesBasingstochessource: Domesday Book (1985) p 122
TypeBorough (municipal)
Coordinates51.267°N 1.083°W
Located inHampshire, England
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Basingstoke is a large town in northeast Hampshire, in south central England. It lies across a valley at the source of the River Loddon. It is located northeast of Southampton, southwest of London, and northeast of the county town and former capital Winchester. In 2012 it had an estimated population of 84,275, however this does not include the large suburban villages of Chineham, Old Basing or Lychpit, which are now generally considered as outer suburbs. It is part of the borough of Basingstoke and Deane and part of the parliamentary constituency of Basingstoke. Basingstoke is often nicknamed "Doughnut City" or "Roundabout City" because of the number of large roundabouts.

Often mistaken for a new town, Basingstoke is an old market town expanded in the 1960s as a result of a tripartite agreement between London County Council and Hampshire County Council. It was developed rapidly, along with various other towns in the United Kingdom in order to accommodate part of the London 'overspill' as perceived under the Greater London Plan in 1944. Basingstoke market was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and it remained a small market town until the 1950s. It still has a regular market, but is now larger than Hampshire County Council's definition of a market town.

Basingstoke is an important economic centre for the United Kingdom, and houses the locations of the UK headquarters of De La Rue, Sun Life Financial, The Automobile Association, ST Ericsson, GAME, Motorola, Barracuda Networks, Eli Lilly and Company, BNP Paribas, the leasing arm of BNP Paribas in the UK, and Sony Professional Solutions (Europe). It is also the location of the European headquarters of the Adidas Golf Company. Other industries include publishing, IT, telecommunications, insurance and electronics.

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