Out and about in Fleet
In Saxon times the area was called Fugelmere meaning a wildfowl lake and the name Fleet came from the Norman word "la Flete" (stream).
Fleet is less than 40 miles from London and is well connected with high speed rail and motorway links to London and the south coast. Fleet is the administrative and commercial centre of the District. For many centuries it was an area of marsh and heathland with a sparse population, and its development stems from the arrival of the railway in 1840. This brought visitors from London to enjoy Fleet Pond, pine woods and silver birches, the Basingstoke canal and the beautiful scenery which inspired many to settle there. The residential and light industrial development is served by a good shopping centre, which includes a broad selection of small independent retailers as well as the national chain stores.
The architecture of Fleet is varied and contains a mix of fine older Victorian properties as well as some striking new buildings.
Fleet is also well served with car parks, and sport and leisure facilities such as the Harlington Centre, the Hart Leisure Centre, and the Peter Driver Sports Ground. The "Views"meadow behind the Civic Offices and Harlington Centre provides a pleasant area of open space with a well equipped children's playground. Nearby Calthorpe Park is the venue for the annual Fireworks display and other popular local events such as Fleet & District Carnival and the Fleet Half Marathon.
Population: = 21,198 (Source: Hampshire Small Area Population Forecasts 2010)
No of Dwellings: 9173 (Source: Hampshire Small Area Population Forecasts 2010)
Shops & Markets: Fleet has a vibrant Town Centre with many small shops, bars and restaurants mainly distributed along Fleet Road. There are medium sized Sainsbury's and Waitrose supermarkets. Kings Road and Reading Road also have a selection of specialist shops and restaurants. There is a regular Saturday Market in Gurkha Square plus specialist visiting French, Italian and Farmers Markets at various times during the year.
Attractions Near By Car: Northants Golf Club, Fleet (5 mins by car), West Green House, near Hartley Wintney (10 mins by car), Farnham Castle, Farnham (15 mins by car), The Vine near Basingstoke (25 mins by car), Windsor Castle, Windsor (25 mins by car), LegoLand near Windsor (25 mins by car), Thorpe Park (30 mins by car), Chessington World of Adventures (35 mins by car).
Attractions Near By Train: Winchester Cathedral, London Eye and Southbank (40 mins).
Recommended places to Drink and Eat:
- The Oatsheaf – Good all round food and drink, free parking and a friendly atmosphere
- The Station – Great pizza, free parking with a comfortable and friendly atmosphere
- Heron on the Lake – Beautiful setting, large restaurant with great food
- Golden Triangle – Great Indian food
- The Gulshan – Great Indian food
- The Watersky – Great Chinese food
- Menu Thai – Great Thai food
- Ghurkha Square – Great service and great Nepalese food
- El Castello – Great well established independent Italian restaurant with great food.