North Stoneham

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The restored Stoneham War Shrine in 2011
The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh.

North Stoneham is a settlement and ecclesiastical parish in south Hampshire, England. It was formerly an ancient estate and manor. Until the nineteenth century, it was a rural community comprising a number of scattered hamlets, including Middle Stoneham, North End, and Bassett Green, and characterised by large areas of woodland. The former 1,000-acre North Stoneham Park was redesigned by Lancelot Brown in the eighteenth century, and was one of the largest ornamental parklands in Hampshire.

History[edit]

Stoneham Park office complex

For some centuries, the Willis Fleming family of North Stoneham Park were lords of the manor of North Stoneham, and the principal landowners in the parish. The estate was purchased by Sir Thomas Fleming in 1599[1] from Henry Wriothesley, a young Earl of Southampton who inherited the title and estate at the age of eight.[2] The church of St. Nicolas stands in Stoneham Lane, on the edge of the former park, while opposite is the former rectory, now an office complex for Mott MacDonald.

The aviation pioneer, Edwin Moon, selected the flat field at North Stoneham Farm for his first flight in 1910, on what is now Southampton Airport.[3]

The Stoneham War Shrine was built in 1917–18 in memory of thirty-six local men killed in World War I. The Shrine was restored in 2011.

North Stoneham and neighbouring South Stoneham are together sometimes referred to as 'the Stonehams'.

Southampton stadium plan[edit]

In the early 1990s, Southampton considered building a 25,000-seat stadium in the area to replace The Dell. However, by 1999 the plan had been abandoned in favour of a 32,000-seat stadium in the centre of Southampton, which opened in 2001.[4]

Coordinates: 50°57′18″N 1°22′54″W / 50.95500°N 1.38167°W / 50.95500; -1.38167

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 'Fleming Estate' in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight". Willis Fleming Historical Trust. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  2. ^ Page, William (1908). A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3. pp. 478–481. 
  3. ^ "Edwin Rowland Moon 1886 – 1920". Centenary of Flight. Hampshire County Council. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  4. ^ [1]

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