A Timeline of Basingstoke

By Tim Lambert

Early Basingstoke

1086 Basingstoke has a population of about 200

1257 Basingstoke is given a charter (a document giving the people certain rights). Basingstoke is now a small town with a population of about 600 or 700.

1340 The little town of Basingstoke relies on the manufacture of wool

1392 Basingstoke is badly damaged by a fire

1449 Basingstoke is allowed an annual fair

1601 Basingstoke suffers another fire

1643-45 During the Civil War Basing House is besieged

1656 Basingstoke Town Hall burns down

1643-45 During the Civil War Basing House is besieged

1801 Basingstoke is still a small town with a population of about 2,500

1832 A new Town Hall is built in Basingstoke

1834 A gas works opens in Basingstoke

1839 The railway reaches Basingstoke

1865 The Haymarket is built as a corn exchange

1887 Fairfields School is built

Modern Basingstoke

1901 The Alton Light Railway opens. It closes in 1936.

1910 The first cinema opens in Basingstoke

1921 War Memorial Park opens

1931 A museum opens in Basingstoke. The population of Basingstoke is about 14,000.

1940 Six people are killed when Church Square is bombed

Late 1940s early 1950s A council housing estate is built at Oakridge

1961 It is decided to make Basingstoke an overspill town for London

1967 Russell Howard Park opens

1968 A new shopping precinct opens

1970 The population of Basingstoke has risen to about 47,000

1973 The AA HQ in Basingstoke opens

1974 A new hospital opens in Basingstoke

1976 London Street is pedestrianised

1988 The rest of Basingstoke town centre is pedestrianised

2002 Festival Place Shopping Centre opens