By Tim Lambert
6th Century The Saxons found a village on a hill. They call it Ferne ham or fern village.
1086 At the time of the Domesday Book Fareham is a village with two watermills
1265 Fareham is a little town and port. Wine is imported and timber is exported.
1660 Fareham is a very small town with a population of about 750. Tanning is an industry in the little town.
1721 William Price leaves money in his school to found a school in Fareham
1780 Fareham is growing rapidly as many naval officers go to live there
1801 Fareham has a population of 3,000
1783-84 Henry Cort makes important inventions at his iron foundry in Funtley
1830s Fareham is described as ‘one of the most agreeable towns in the country’
1834 The first bank in Fareham opens
1835 Holy Trinity Church is built
1836 A workhouse is built in Fareham
1841 The railway reaches Fareham
1852 A lunatic asylum is built near Fareham
1870 The population of Fareham is 6,000
1878 The Church of the Sacred Heart is built
1880 The brick-making industry in Fareham thrives
1894 Fareham becomes an urban district council
1900 The population of Fareham is about 14,000
1910 The first cinema opens in Fareham
1921 A War Memorial is erected in Fareham
1932 The boundaries of Fareham are extended to include Portchester and Titchfield
1951 The first public library opens in Fareham. The population of Fareham is 45,000.
1960 Fareham Law Courts are built
1973 A new library is built in Fareham
1974 Fareham is made a borough. Prices School becomes a 6th form college.
1981 Fareham Shopping Centre is completed
1982 Ferneham Hall opens
1988 Solent Business Park opens
1990 Westbury Manor Museum opens
1993 A new bus station opens in Fareham
2001 The population of Fareham Borough is 107,000
My Youtube video about the history of Fareham