1 May 2021

All About Havant

About Havant

Havant lies between Chichester to the east and Portsmouth to the west, and like many other towns on the A3 corridor, it has excellent road links. Couple that with the main bus station situated in the town centre, and you can see why so many people like to call it home.

There are many outlying villages to choose from if you fancy something more rural. There’s Rowlands Castle, Bedhampton, Langstone and Hayling Island, with its beaches and large open spaces.

There are also major roads within easy reach. The A27, the A3 and the M27 are a short hop away, making it ideal for people commuting to the neighbouring cities.

Havant has a great mix of affordable homes, like those found in Leigh park, and at the other end of the scale, high-end properties in the villages nestled nearby. It has the Meridian Shopping Centre, Tescos and a retail park with prominent high street names.

History of Havant

From raging fires, earthquakes and dancing bears, Havant has had a colourful past. Havant can trace its roots back to Roman and Anglo-Saxon times, like so many towns and cities on the south coast.

Havant is famed for its natural springs, with one still in existence near the southwest of St. Faith’s Churchyard. In 935 AD, Havant was called Hamafunta, which means the spring of Hama.

In 1086, Havant had a population of 100, and the primary source of industry was water from the springs, producing beer and parchment. The last parchment manufacturer closed its doors as late as 1936, and rumour has it that the Treaty of Versaille was signed on Havant-made parchment paper.

The old town was ravaged by fire in 1760, leaving the church and a cluster of houses still standing. Today, they are the Old House at Home pub, which boasts a central beam from the Spanish Armada and a bear post that is reputed to be the location of the last dancing bear in England.

Havant has even suffered two earthquakes, one in 1784 and the other in 1811.

If you want to live in a place that drips with ancient history, incident and intrigue, Havant has everything you could possibly want.

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“From raging fires, earthquakes and dancing bears, Havant has had a colourful past. Like so many towns and cities on the south coast, Havant can trace its roots back to Roman and Anglo-Saxon times.”

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