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Removals to Hampshire

With its beautiful landscapes, including the New Forest, and its historic towns and cities, Hampshire is regarded as one of the most desirable areas of the country to live. Anybody embarking on removals to Hampshire will find that Hamiltons has a detailed knowledge of the area and can ensure the whole house move goes smoothly. We regularly arrange moves to Southampton, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Winchester, Andover, Havant, Farnborough, Gosport, Aldershot, Fareham, Lymington and many other locations across the county.

Moving to Hampshire
Hampshire has seen its population growing over recent years and now has around 1.78 million residents. This growth is projected to continue here, as in the rest of the Home Counties. One reason for moving to Hampshire is its rail and road links to London, meaning property here is in increasing demand from commuters. Another is the high quality of life, while employment and education are other factors pulling people into the area.

London Commuting - Fast train services make Hampshire a popular choice with commuters to the capital, including many who have decided to sell their London properties and move out of the city. The journey from Farnborough to Waterloo is just over 35 minutes at peak time, while from Basingstoke it is around 45 minutes.

Quality of Life - Hampshire regularly achieves high ratings in surveys for high quality of life, with high average incomes, low levels of crime and good health and life expectancy among the attractions. Many people decide to retire to the area because of these factors, as well as higher than average levels of sunshine.

Employment and Education - Many companies are based in Hampshire, especially in the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth. Large numbers of people are employed in the sectors of finance and business services. As well as people moving to the county to take up jobs here, many relocate for educational reasons, either to send their children to the local schools, which have a high reputation, or to attend the county's universities.

A Closer Look at Hampshire

North Hampshire
With a population of around 85,000, Basingstoke is the main town in the north of the county. It is also an economic hub for the area, with many major companies having bases here. In addition, the town is popular with commuters to London and other cities such as Oxford, because of its fast rail services.

The Hart district in particular is known for its picturesque countryside and affluent lifestyle, with the town of Fleet having topped a number of polls for the best place to live in Britain. Property here is again in demand from commuters, as well as from people working at several nearby business parks. Many commuters also live in the nearby small town of Yateley, which has direct road links to London.

The military are major employers in north Hampshire, with bases including RAF Odiham, which is the home of the Chinook helicopters. The Atomic Weapons Establishment is based in the small town of Tadley, near Aldermaston in Berkshire. There is also the famous army barracks at the garrison town of Aldershot, in the north-east corner of the county. Nearby Farnborough's former Royal Aircraft Establishment base is now an airport providing a hub for aerospace industries, with a famous air show staged here every two years. The town is also another commuter hot spot.

East and Central Hampshire
With landscapes including part of the South Downs national park, the east of the county is popular both with visitors and with people moving to Hampshire. Heritage villages in this area include tiny Chawton, where Jane Austen lived, near the market town of Alton, Grayshott, home of playwright George Bernard Shaw, and Selborne, made famous by18th-century naturalist Gilbert White. Petersfield is an attractive small market town, while popular villages include Liss, which has its own rail station, and Horndean.

In central Hampshire, the city of Winchester is famed for its cathedral and its public school. Tourism is important to the local economy, as many thousands of people head here every year to see the historic city, which was England's ancient capital. The University of Winchester is among major employers locally, as well as private firms like the dental company Denplan. Outside the city, the small town of Alresford is known for its watercress farming and its steam railway, while other small towns nearby in the Hamble Valley include Botley and Bishop's Waltham.

West and South Hampshire
Full of thatched cottages and village greens, the historic towns and villages of the Test Valley are set among the woods and hills in the west of the county. Andover is the largest town in the area, while other nearby communities include Romsey, with its Norman Abbey, Stockbridge and Whitchurch, the smallest town in Hampshire.

To the south-west is the New Forest national park, with many miles of open woodland and cattle and ponies wandering wild. Tourism is a very important industry in this whole area, including the historic market towns of Lymington and Ringwood and villages such as Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst and Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum. Another major employer in the district is the Exxon Mobil oil refinery based at Fawley, on the shores of the Solent, which is the largest in the UK. The town of New Milton is on the edge of the forest area near the coast.

The two largest cities in Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth, are part of a large metropolitan area in the south of the county. This area also includes Havant, Eastleigh, where Southampton International Airport is based, Waterlooville, Gosport, Fareham and Portchester. Thousands of people work in and around the two cities' ports, while many other major companies are also based in the area. Both cities also have universities, and tourism is also increasingly important to the local economy, with many people visiting Portsmouth's historic dockyard.

Before arranging your removals to Hampshire, contact Hamiltons for free removal quotes and to find out more about how we can help you.