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Cowplain is located in Hampshire
Location within Hampshire
Population9,353 (2011.ward)
OS grid referenceSU695118
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO8
Dialling code023
AmbulanceSouth Central
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.


Cowplain is surrounded by the remnants of the ancient Forest of Bere: The Queens Inclosure, Padnell Cuts Woods, Idlewood, Hurstwood and Park Woods.

The nearest town is Waterlooville and the nearest villages are Lovedean, rowlands castle , Denmead and Horndean. A Portsmouth city council housing estate Weacock farm ( built in the 1970s) lies west of Cowplain village.


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

Cowplain has a supermarket and a number of places to eat, including The Spotted Cow (which has given Cowplain its name) but in the 1930s the original Spotted cow was demolished and rebuilt .

The local golf course is Waterloovile Golf Course.


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.

Notable people[edit]

Mark Wingett, the actor who played police constable Jim Carver in The Bill television series, grew up in Cowplain and attended Horndean Community School.[citation needed] 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.[2]


  1. ^ "Custom report - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics". Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  2. ^ Hays, Graham (10 June 2015). "How Jill Ellis became the highest-profile women's coach in the world". espnW. Retrieved 12 June 2015.

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