Fleet and Church Crookham are the main centres of population in Hart District, situated in North East Hampshire and encompassing Crookham Village & Dogmersfield with a population in excess of 80,000.
The name Fleet is believed to have come from the French word “Le Flete” meaning shallow water and referring to Fleet Pond & Nature Reserve, the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire albeit one of the shallowest.
The railway company promoted Fleet Pond for a destination for day excursions and many people came down from London to skate on the Pond during the winter. This attracted a number of people, particularly retired army officers, who moved to the area bounded by Fleet Road, Elvetham Road and Reading Road North, the foundations of which was to become known locally as “The Blue Triangle” which features some of the area’s oldest and largest dwellings.
Fleet town center was originally laid out in an American style grid system (Fleet Road, Albert Street, Clarence Road, Connaught Road, Upper Street, Church Road & Kings Road), of which are predominantly lined with a mix of Victorian detached and terraced houses. Further larger estates were added later such as Dinorben, Pondtail, Basingbourne and Tavistock most of which were constructed within the grounds of existing larger properties.
Over the last 3 decades came the addition of Ancells Farm, Netherhouse Moor, Zebon Copse, Elvetham Heath and more recently Crookham Park & Eden Brook, bringing with them more modern living.
The town of Fleet lies within the Hart district has been voted one of the most popular places to live and with its easy access to London and many open spaces it’s easy to see why. It is also surrounded by many pretty villages and towns such as Church Crookham, Crondall, Dogmersfield and Odiham.
You are spoilt for choice with the selection of parks nearby and the Basingstoke canal running through it popular for cycling, running, dog walking, boating and fishing.
There is also a fantastic calendar of events throughout the year including its annual Triathlon, half marathon, food festival, beer festival, car show, district carnival and local village and school fetes for the family. Fleet also hosts a weekly food market in the centre with an Artisan food and craft market in nearby Elvetham Heath.
The Government run Hart Leisure Centre offers a wide range of activities, classes and sports club for the whole family. Facilities include, swimming pool, gym, sports halls, squash courts and studios.
The Harlington is a multi purpose arts and entertainment centre which hosts events, courses for both adults and children during term time and throughout the holidays. Events include comedy nights, music evenings including tribute acts, roller disco and cinema.
Food & Drink
The High Street offers a diverse selection of restaurants from all around the world, many of which are independent family run businesses including El Castello, Trattoria La Casa, Zaal, Menu Thai. There are of course the usual high street chain options including Prezzo, Ask Italian, Starbucks and Costa.
For those looking for a night out Fleet has Propaganda, the Emporium, The Oatsheaf and Moo Moo’s to name a few whether you just want a casual drink with friends or want to dance into the early hours.
The High Street offers a Waitrose and Marks and Spencers while a short drive out of the town you have Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. You also have Basingstoke just a short drive away offering a fantastic selection of high street shops, restaurants and cinema within Festival place.
As you would expect Fleet has a fantastic selection of Schools in and around the area. From nursery right up to secondary level including, Tavistock Infants, Heatherside Infants and Junior School, Velmead, Elvetham Primary, Court Moor Secondary and Calthorpe Secondary School.
Fleet has fantastic rail links providing access to Basingstoke, Southampton and London. It is also perfectly situated to access to the M3 and A331 down to the Blackwater Valley, M25 and M4. Fleet’s bus service provides regular connections to neighbouring towns and villages.