Entrance to St John the Baptist's Church
|Purbrook shown within Hampshire|
|Population||9,171 (2011 - ward)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Purbrook is a village and local government sub-division located in Hampshire, England. Purbrook is on the outskirts of Waterlooville just North of the Portsmouth city Boundary. Purbrook village is part of Purbrook Ward which also includes Widley and Crookhorn and has a population of 9,281(2001), taking up 7.7% of Havant borough's population.
Waterlooville and Cowplain did not exist before the year 1815. Before then the area was part of the Forest of Bere, which stretched from the border of Sussex to Winchester. Today Queens Inclosure at Waterlooville is one of the last remnants of the forest.
On the southern fringe of the forest was the little village of Purbrook. Its name is a corruption of Pucanbroc, which means the brook of the water-sprite.
Early in the 19th century a windmill was built in Purbrook. Purbrook Church (St Johns) was built in 1858. In 1869 Purbrook Industrial School opened in Stakes Road.
Purbrook Park House was built in 1770. It was rebuilt in 1837. In the 1920s the house became a grammar school and later a comprehensive school. It is now known as Purbrook Park School. The school is a Language College.
There are several schools in Purbrook:
- Purbrook Park School
- Purbrook Junior School
- Purbrook Infant School
- Morelands Primary School
There is also a popular recreation ground known as Purbrook Heath. There is a children's park, bowls area, tennis courts, several cricket pitches, a football cage and a basketball court all located in 'The Heath'. There is also The Rowans Hospice located opposite the tennis courts. There is a long road that runs right through it, which is called Purbrook Heath Road. It runs straight through and then bisects off to Southwick and Portsdown Hill.
Fort Purbrook is also another main attraction just located off Portsdown Hill. It is home to an activity centre, and is occasionally open for craft fairs. Some of the activities are archery, indoor rock climbing and rifle shooting.
Fort Purbrook was used as the location for the 1st 'The Late Bay' Winter Camp. After a very successful weekend the organisation have agreed to hold an annual meeting here.
Notable people from Purbrook
- "Havant Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
Media related to Purbrook at Wikimedia Commons