Blackwater, Hampshire

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Blackwater
Blackwater is located in Hampshire
Blackwater
Blackwater
 Blackwater shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU855595
Civil parish Blackwater and Hawley
District Hart
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CAMBERLEY
Postcode district GU17
Dialling code 01252
01276
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Aldershot
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire

Coordinates: 51°19′41″N 0°46′19″W / 51.328°N 0.772°W / 51.328; -0.772

Blackwater is a small town in the northeastern corner of Hampshire, England, lying in the county's Hart District.

Location[edit]

It is situated on the borders of both Berkshire (Bracknell Forest) and Surrey about 6.5 km (4.0 mi) north of Farnborough, 3 km (1.9 mi) west of Camberley and 25 km (16 mi) east of Basingstoke on the A30 road. Blackwater is situated 50 km (31 mi) west-southwest of London. An old marker stone signpost near the former Agincourt club on the A30, in western Camberley marks 30 miles, and the centre of Blackwater is less than one mile from that point.

This relative proximity to the capital (the nearest point in Hampshire, and closer than much of Berkshire) has made the town popular with commuters. Blackwater is part of the Blackwater Valley conurbation which includes the towns of Farnborough, Aldershot, Camberley, Sandhurst, Yateley, Frimley and Farnham. The River Blackwater flows through the length of this urban area. The town lies at the point where the A30 trunk road from London to Land's End crosses the River Blackwater. It is served by Blackwater railway station which is on the main line almost precisely mid-way between Reading and Guildford.

History[edit]

The first recorded mention of Blackwater was in 1281, when it was known as Bredeford. It grew around the Brydrs Ford crossing across the River Blackwater.[1]

The White Hart Parade of shops and offices, to the west of Blackwater station, is named after the White Hart coaching inn that occupied the site in the late 19th century.[2]

Transport Connections[edit]

Trains from Blackwater Station operate with a half hourly service to Reading, and half hourly service to either Gatwick Airport or Redhill via Guildford. Trains do not operate directly to London, requiring a change at either Reading for London Paddington, or Guildford for London Waterloo. At peak times, some additional trains operate; which usually go only as far as Shalford. Trains are operated by Great Western Railway (train operating company).

People requiring Farnborough North for either the Sixth Form College or for London-bound trains from nearby Farnborough Main are advised that these are on stopping services only, not all trains stop at Fanborough North as Blackwater operates both fast and stopping services.

The A30 road runs directly through Blackwater, going directly over the station. The town is also very close to the M3 and M25. Buses to Camberley operate every 15 minutes via Route 3.

Local Economy[edit]

Blackwater is a gateway town into Hampshire on a main national route (the A30). The 'high street' area (the A30) is a dual-carriageway which passes over Blackwater railway station, as well as passing over the River Blackwater itself. Aldi, and shortly after a new Lidl supermarket was built opposite Aldi in 2003, creating fierce competition to the nearby Tesco located at The Meadows, and providing a wealth of new jobs for the town.

The largest nearby town is Camberley, which provides many jobs for residents of Blackwater due to its wide range of shops, particularly within The Mall, Camberley. Other nearby towns include Sandhurst, home to the Royal Military Academy.

Entrance to Java House, Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems were a major employer in the Blackwater Valley and their UK headquarters were in Blackwater at Guillemont Park, at the M3 motorway junction on the site of the former Guillemont Barracks.[3] Following Oracle's acquisition of Sun in 2009, employees were relocated to Oracle's UK headquarters in the Thames Valley Park.[4]

Suburbs[edit]

There are two suburban villages to the north, Frogmore and Darby Green, which are considered by Hart District council to be districts of Blackwater.[5] Frogmore has its own modern village hall, village green, church, pub and a small shopping parade. Darby Green has a shopping parade (including a Tesco Express), a pub and a small youth centre. There is also a modern medical surgery between the two villages on Frogmore Road.

The village of Hawley, which has its own village hall, primary school, church, private leisure centre, cricket ground and equestrian centre, lies less than 0.6 miles (1 km) to the south on the road towards Farnborough.

Popular culture[edit]

The Reuben single Moving to Blackwater refers to Blackwater. Reuben are from nearby Camberley.
A major portion of Wilkie Collins's 1859 novel The Woman in White is set at the house of the character Sir Percivel Glyde, Blackwater Park, in Blackwater, Hampshire.

Nearby Towns and Villages[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area History - Blackwater and Hawley Town Council". Blackwater and Hawley Town Council. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Drawing of The White Hart at Blackwater". Coaching days and coaching ways, 1893, Authors: Tristam, W. Outram (William Outram) Railton, Herbert, 1857-1910 Thomson, Hugh, 1860-1920. 
  3. ^ "Local Development Framework - Employment Needs Assessment" (PDF). Hart District Council. July 2006. pp. 4–25. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Former Sun Microsystems HQ Sold". DB Real Estate. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "BLACKWATER SETTLEMENT AREA" (PDF). Hart District Council. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 

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