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