Chandler's Ford

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Chandler's Ford
Junction of Winchester Road and Brownhill Road, Chandler's Ford - - 555141.jpg
Junction of Winchester Road and Brownhill Road, Chandler's Ford
Chandler's Ford is located in Hampshire
Chandler's Ford
Chandler's Ford
Location within Hampshire
Population21,436 [1]
OS grid referenceSU435212
Civil parish
  • Chandler's Ford
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSO53
Dialling code023
FireHampshire and Isle of Wight
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
50°59′02″N 1°22′45″W / 50.984°N 1.3792°W / 50.984; -1.3792Coordinates: 50°59′02″N 1°22′45″W / 50.984°N 1.3792°W / 50.984; -1.3792

Chandler's Ford (originally The Ford[2] and historically Chandlersford) is a largely residential area and civil parish in the Borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, England. It has a population of 21,436 in the 2011 UK Census.[1]

Chandler's Ford lies on the old Winchester to Southampton road and the 'Ford' is thought to refer either to the ford of Monks Brook[3] on the Hursley Road (shown on the Hursley map of 1588 as "Charnells foord")[3] or on the Winchester-Southampton road.[2] The "Chandler's" prefix was possibly added in the late 16th century,[2] although there are numerous theories for the origin of the word.[4][5][6][7]

The head offices of Draper Tools,[8] B&Q,[9] Utilita Energy, Selwood and Ahmad Tea[10] are located in Chandler's Ford.


Hiltonbury Farmhouse

Hiltonbury Farm (now a public house) appeared on a map of 1588 and may originally have been owned by the Hursley Park Estate in nearby Hursley. It was later sold to Cranbury Park Estate and stopped being a working farm in the late 1970s, when the surrounding area was developed. Other communities revolved around other farms in the area but Chandler's Ford was very sparsely populated until the 19th century.

In the mid 19th century, Bell's brickfields was one of the biggest in England, producing 35 million bricks for the construction of the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand.[11]

In 1889, an iron church and some schools were constructed.[12] The civil parish of Chandlersford was created in 1897, from portions of North Stoneham, North Baddesley, and Ampfield, although the railway station remained in the North Baddesley parish.[12]

In 1929 Herbert Collins, a well known Southampton based architect designed the Congregational Church in King's Road.[13] This is now the United Reformed Church. The original building has been extended but the original style of the building remains.

Chandler's Ford used to be a town with mainly housing estates, however there are now various developments of shops and schools that have been built in the area. In the 1920s, building took place in the King's Court, Merdon and Hiltingbury areas. Later, development in the Hursley Road area happened, followed by housing across the Hiltingbury, Scantabout, Peverells Road, Spring Hill and Oakmount areas. More recently, developments in North Millers Dale, South Millers Dale and the 'new town' of Valley Park to the West of Chandler's Ford have completed the mix of housing. Chandler's Ford is considered to be the development to the West of the M3 motorway and now forms the majority of the Eastleigh urban area.

Due to the development of the town, there is little identifiable 'town centre'. The main commercial centre is in Fryern Arcade (built 1967),[14] the area of the Halfway Inn (near the old tollhouse for Winchester-Southampton), but other smaller shopping areas include the Central Precinct and the area around St Boniface Church (built 1904). An Anglican church was added in Hiltingbury in the 1960s, with the Roman Catholic Church of St. Edward the Confessor and Methodist churches existing on the main Winchester-Southampton route.

Although a mainly residential area, Chandler's Ford has a significant industrial estate located mainly off School Lane and in between the B3043 – Bournemouth Road. The companies on the industrial estate now cover a wide variety of industries from light engineering and manufacturing, distribution, retail and outsourcing. A number of employers on the estate are of particular local interest. Peter Green Furnishers were once regarded as the biggest furniture and carpeting store in the whole of Hampshire.[15] Selwoods is also another company of interest having been in the area since 1946[16] and with its head office on the corner of School Lane.

A library was constructed over two years starting in 1981.[14]

In 2018, an Aldi supermarket opened in replacement of the old Homebase DIY store in the retail park on Chestnut Avenue - introducing new jobs and competition with Asda (located opposite on the main roundabout).

Chandler's Ford is represented by Compton and Chandler's Ford Cricket Club which formed in 1995 when Chandler's Ford Cricket Club (CC) merged with Compton and Shawford CC.

Chandler's Ford railway station was re-opened in May 2003, having been closed since 1969. It now has an hourly service run by South Western Railway, from Romsey to Salisbury via Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh and Southampton stopping at all stations in between.


The name Chandler's Ford is used for the civil parish, some (but not all) individual electoral wards, and sometimes a wider geographic area; the boundaries are not entirely consistent.

Chandler's Ford Parish Council, responsible for the most local matters, has 18 members[17] elected from 5 wards (Chandler's Ford East & West, Hiltingbury East & West, Velmore).[18]

Two wards on Eastleigh Borough Council, Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury, cover most of the parish and lie fully within it. However Velmore is included in the Eastleigh South ward.[19] Each ward elects 3 councillors.

On Hampshire County Council, the Chandler's Ford division includes most of the parish. But a significant portion, made up of the Chandlers Ford West and Velmore parish wards, is located in the Eastleigh South division.[19] Each division elects one councillor.

Similarly, most of the parish has formed around a quarter of the Winchester parliamentary constituency since 2010. Velmore however is in the Eastleigh constituency.[19]

Since the 1990s, Chandler's Ford elections have principally been contests between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.[20] As at June 2021 the Parish and Borough councils are both controlled by the Liberal Democrats, with members of both parties representing Chandler's Ford. The County council is controlled by the Conservatives, although both representatives from Chandler's Ford are Liberal Democrats. Both parliamentary seats are represented by Conservatives.

Most of Valley Park, which is sometimes included in a wider area portrayal of Chandler's Ford, lies outside the parish, and forms part of Test Valley Borough and the Romsey and Southampton North parliamentary constituency.


As of April 2011, the Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury council wards (which form a continuous built-up area, and make up the main part of what is referred to as "Chandler's Ford") had a population of 21,436, across 8,896 households.[1] The ethnicity of the population was mainly white, with 310 mixed race people, 937 Asian or Asian British people, 100 Black or Black British people and 224 in other ethnic groups.[1] In 2001, 13,531 of the population were Christians, 5,528 professed no religion, and 1,477 did not state their religious beliefs. There were 59 Buddhists, 205 Hindus, 29 Jews, 263 Muslims, 289 Sikhs and 55 people of other religions living in the ward.[1]


Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital provides private and NHS services.[21]



Chandler's Ford railway station

Chandler's Ford is served by Chandler's Ford railway station. The station was reopened for passenger traffic on 18 May 2003. There are links between Romsey and Salisbury via Southampton.


Bluestar's route 1 connects Chandler's Ford with Southampton and Winchester. Xelabus X6/X7 runs between Hiltonbury and Eastleigh and X5 connects Southampton Parkway and Chandlers Ford stations.[22]


The M3 runs past the eastern border of Chandler's Ford with access from junction 12 from the north and junction 13 from the south.


Chandler's Ford made national headlines in September 2007 when an armed bank robbery was foiled: On 13 September 2007, the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad, in conjunction with the Hampshire Constabulary, foiled the robbery outside the HSBC bank in the central precinct on Winchester Road in Chandler's Ford.[23] The police had been tipped off and hid behind the nearby toilet cubicles, before shooting dead two of the robbers. A third fled the scene by car and was later arrested.

There was a theft from the same bank on 24 January 2011, when a cash box was stolen from a security guard.[24]


There are various schools and day nurseries in Chandler's Ford. The secondary schools in Chandler's Ford include Thornden School and Toynbee School. Chandler's Ford is served by colleges nearby, including Barton Peveril College and Eastleigh College.[25][26]

Day nurseries[edit]

  • Kingsmead Day Nursery (120 Kingsway, SO53 5DW)[27]
  • Making Miracles Nursery (25 Shaftesbury Ave, SO53 3BR)
  • Sherborne House School (39 Lakewood Road, SO53 1EU)
  • Yellow Dot Nursery (Hocombe Road, SO53 5QS)[28]

Infant and primary schools[edit]

  • Chandler's Ford Infant School[29] (Kings Road, SO53 2EY)[30]
  • Fryern Infant School[31] (Oakmount Road, SO53 2LN)[30]
  • Hiltingbury Infant School[32] (Hiltingbury Road, SO53 5NP)[30]
  • Knightwood Primary School[33] (Bell Flower Way, SO53 4HW)[30]
  • Scantabout Primary School[34] (Ionic Close, SO53 2NR)[30]
  • Sherborne House School[35] (39 Lakewood Road, SO53 1EU)[30]
  • St Francis Church of England Primary School[36] (Pilgrims Close, Valley Park, SO53 4ST)[30]
  • St. Swithun Wells R.C. Primary School[37] (Hillcrest Avenue, SO53 2JP)[30]

Junior schools[edit]

  • Fryern Junior School[38] (Oakmount Road, SO53 2LN)[39]
  • Hiltingbury Junior School[40] (Hiltingbury Road, SO53 5NP)[39]
  • Merdon Junior School[41] (Merdon Avenue, SO53 1EJ)[39]

Secondary schools[edit]

Independent schools[edit]

  • Sherborne House School[35] (39 Lakewood Road, SO53 1EU)[45]


  • Valley Park Community Association
  • Chandler's Ford Community Association Community Centre, Hursley Rd, Chandler's Ford.
  • Hiltingbury Recreation Ground, Hiltingbury Road, Chandler's Ford.
  • Romsey, Chandler's Ford & District Round Table

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Neighbourhood Statistics: 2011: Key Statistics – Area: Chandler's Ford East (Ward)". 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2013. "Neighbourhood Statistics: 2011: Key Statistics – Area: Chandler's Ford West (Ward)". 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2013. "Neighbourhood Statistics: 2011: Key Statistics – Area: Hiltingbury East (Ward)". 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2013. "Neighbourhood Statistics: 2011: Key Statistics – Area: Hiltingbury West (Ward)". 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Cox, Gordon Daubney (2005). Around Eastleigh, including Chandler's Ford, Bishopstoke and Botley. Salisbury: Francis Frith Collection. p. 72. ISBN 1-84589-029-9.
  3. ^ a b Currie, Christopher (Spring 2005). "Chandler's Ford, Hiltingbury Lake and the Hursley map of 1588". Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society Newsletter (43).
  4. ^ Coates, Richard (1989). The Place-Names of Hampshire. B.T. Batsford Ltd. p. 50. ISBN 0713456256.
  5. ^ Mills, A. D. (1998). Dictionary of English Place Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 76. ISBN 0-19-280074-4.
  6. ^ Hillier, Barbara (2005). The Chandler's Ford Story. Millers Dale Publications. pp. 10–13. ISBN 095174237X.
  7. ^ Oscroft, Alfred (2015). Place-Names of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Hampshire Archives Trust. p. 217. ISBN 9780615862385.
  8. ^ "Draper Tools – Welcome". Archived from the original on 24 January 2010.
  9. ^ "About B&Q".
  10. ^ "Client Stories – Ahmad Tea". Barclays. September 2010. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  11. ^ Mee, Arthur (1967). The Kings England, Hampshire with the Isle of Wight. London: Hodder & Stoughton. p. 66. ISBN 0-340-00083-X.
  12. ^ a b Page, William (1908). A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3. pp. 478–481.
  13. ^ Herbert Collins 1885-1975 Architect and Worker for Peace by Robert Williams published Paul Cave Publications Ltd. in conjunction with The City of Southampton Society 1985 ISBN 0-86146-049-9
  14. ^ a b O’Brien, Charles; Bailey, Bruce; Pevsner, Nikolaus; Lloyd, David W. (2018). The Buildings of England Hampshire: South. Yale University Press. pp. 200–201. ISBN 9780300225037.
  15. ^ Martin, Wendy (3 June 2014). "Mrs". Chandlers Ford Today. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Selwood Company History". Selwood. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Parish Councillors". Chandler's Ford Parish Council. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  18. ^ "Parish and Parish Ward Boundaries" (PDF). Eastleigh Borough Council. 15 November 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 September 2021. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  19. ^ a b c "Eastleigh Web Maps". Eastleigh Borough Council. Retrieved 30 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Elections". Eastleigh Borough Council. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  21. ^ "Wessex Hospital, Private Hospital in Hampshire | Nuffield Health".
  22. ^ "Travel in Chandlers Ford". Chandlers Ford Today. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  23. ^ BBC.Two men killed during 'bank raid'. BBC News. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  24. ^ "Robbers snatch bank cash". Eastleigh News. 24 November 2011.
  25. ^ Education Archived 5 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Chandler's Ford Online: Schools Archived 31 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ Education: Day Nurseries[permanent dead link]
  28. ^ "Bright Horizons Chandlers Ford Day Nursery and Preschool".
  29. ^ "Home - Chandler's Ford Infant School".
  30. ^ a b c d e f g h Education: Infant and Primary Schools Archived 17 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ Fryern Infant School: Website Archived 11 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ "Home - Hiltingbury Infant School".
  33. ^ Knightwood Primary School: Website Archived 29 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ "Scantabout Primary School | Scantabout Primary School Website".
  35. ^ a b "Home". Sherborne House School.
  36. ^ "St. Francis Primary School".
  37. ^ "Home - St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School".
  38. ^ "Fryern Federation -".
  39. ^ a b c Education: Junior Schools Archived 10 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  40. ^ "Welcome to Hiltingbury Junior School".
  41. ^ Merdon Junior School: Website Archived 10 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  42. ^ a b c Education: Secondary Schools Archived 17 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  43. ^ "Thornden School". Thornden School.
  44. ^ "Toynbee School". Toynbee School.
  45. ^ Education: Independent Schools Archived 10 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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