Place:Fleet, Hampshire, England

Alt namesFleetpondsource: name of railway station (19th century)
TypeChapelry, Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates51.283°N 0.833°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoCrondall, Hampshire, Englandancient parish in which it was located until 1894
Hartley Wintney Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1904
Hart District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Fleet is a town and civil parish in the Hart District of Hampshire, located 36 miles (58 km) southwest of London and 10 miles (16 km) east of Basingstoke. It is the major town of Hart District. The 2011 UK census population for Fleet was 38,726.

Fleet is locally famous for Fleet Pond, the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire, and its quaint High Street with traditional Victorian and Edwardian look and its market.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Fleet from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"FLEET, a chapelry in Crondall parish, Hants; on the Southwestern railway, at Fleetpond station, 3½ miles WSW of Farnborough. Post town: Fleetpond, under Winchfield. The statistics are returned with the parish. The living is a [perpetual]] curacy in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £108. Patron: J. W. M. Lefroy, Esq."

As reported by Wilson's Gazetteer, Fleet was originally a chapelry in the ancient parish of Crondall. It became a civil parish only in 1894 when it was placed in the Hartley Wintney Rural District. Ten years later it was made an urban district and remained so until 1974 and the formation of the Hart District.

In 1932 its area was considerably expanded by the absorbtion of parts of the parishes of Crookham, Elvetham and Hawley with Minley (previously Hawley).

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 4, chapter on Crondall which will have references to Fleet.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons
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