A Timeline of Havant

By Tim Lambert

1086 Havant is a small village with a population of about 100. Havant has 2 mills.

1200 Havant is given a charter (a document granting the townspeople certain rights). Havant becomes a small market town.

1451 Havant also has annual fairs

c. 1525 Warblington Castle is built

1643 Parliamentary soldiers destroy most of Warblington Castle

1650 Tanning leather is an important industry in Havant

1750 Havant is known for glove-making and parchment making

1761 Havant is badly damaged by a fire

1801 Havant has a population of 1,670

1847 The railway reaches Havant

1855 Havant gains gas light

1858 A police station is built in Havant

1870 Havant gains a piped water supply. Havant Town Hall is built.

1889 Havant Park opens

1894 Havant is made an urban district council

1906 Bedhampton station is built

1907 Warblington station is built

1913 A cinema opens in Havant

1919 The Versailles Treaty is written on parchment made in Havant

1929 Havant War Memorial Hospital opens

1934 Havant Watermill closes

1936 Parchment making in Havant ends

1938 Havant Railway Station is rebuilt. Park Road is built.

1949 The population of Havant is about 8,000. The first houses in Leigh Park are ready.

1954 Warblington Secondary School opens

1957 St Thomas Mores School, Bedhampton opens. Oak Park Secondary School opens.

1958 Broomfield Secondary School opens

1960 Glove making in Havant ends

1961-62 Market Parade is built

1964 Havant Police Station is built

1965 Havant bypass is built

1974 Havant College opens. A swimming pool is built. Havant becomes a borough.

1977 Havant Civic Centre opens

1979 Havant Museum opens

1982 A Leisure Centre opens

1984 Kingscroft Industrial Centre opens. A private hospital opens.

1991 The first shops move into the Meridian Centre

2006 Oak Park Children’s Hospital opens. A new bus station opens.

2009 Havant Museum and Arts Centre merge to form The Spring Centre