Hedge End

Hedge End has seen a significant amount of development in recent years, although the area itself dates back to the Roman period. Land at Botley Common was donated to the men of Botley as pasture land in 1250 and this is where Hedge End was firstly established. Before 1588 with the introduction of the ‘Erections of Cottages Act’, a man could build his own house on common land as long as he could raise a roof over his head and a fire in a hearth between sunset and sunrise and claim the dwelling as his home, how planning regulations have changed!

Travellers would often pass through what was to become Hedge End on their journeys between Bitterne, then a main harbour and Portchester castle on to Portsmouth harbour, there are still visible remnants of these straight Roman roads when you travel between Botley and Wickham past the Meon Valley golf club.

Hedge End now has a number of superstores including Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer’s and residential development continues to this day. There are good travel links with easy access from two junctions on to the M27, a railway station at Hedge End and easy access to Southampton airport. Schools in this area are very popular too and many move to Hedge End primarily for this reason.

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