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Cowplain is located in Hampshire
Cowplain shown within Hampshire
Population 9,353 (2011.ward)
OS grid reference SU695118
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO8
Dialling code 023
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°54′07″N 1°00′44″W / 50.9019°N 1.0123°W / 50.9019; -1.0123Coordinates: 50°54′07″N 1°00′44″W / 50.9019°N 1.0123°W / 50.9019; -1.0123

Cowplain is a village north of Waterlooville, Hampshire, England. With a population of 8,775, increasing to 9,353 at the 2011 Census,[1] it makes up above 7% of Havant borough's population. It grew up along the old London to Portsmouth road (the A3) on which the village centre and local shops lie.

The village has a number of schools: Cowplain Community School, Padnell Infant and Junior Schools, and Queen's Inclosure Primary School adjacent to the Queen's Inclosure woods, a remnant of the original Forest of Bere. The local church is St. Wilfrid's, although there are a number of others in the area.

The nearest town is Waterlooville and the nearest villages Lovedean and Horndean. A large housing estate, Wecock, lies west of Cowplain.

A number of bus routes go through Cowplain: the 37 (Stagecoach) from Havant to Clanfield, Petersfield and Liss, the National Express 030 to London and First Group service 8. The number 8 route follows the A3 from Clanfield to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.

Mark Wingett, the actor who played police constable Jim Carver in The Bill television series, grew up in Cowplain and attended Horndean Community School. Current USA women's national football head coach Jill Ellis grew up in the village before moving with her family to Virginia at age 14.


  1. ^ "Havant Ward population 2011.accessdate=17 October 2015".

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