Basingstoke

Basingstoke is now perceived as part of London's commuter districts, but it has an independent history that dates back a long time. The name is believed to have been drived from Embasinga stocæ, Basa's( a leader) people. The Basingstoke market was mentioned in the Domesday Book but the hillfort at Winklebury which is a few miles away dates back far earlier to the iron age.

The town has had an interesting history, being involved in the civil war at the siege of Basing House. During the victorian era, it had a canal and was also became within distance of London with the arrival of the railway line. Amongst famous inhabitants are Thomas Burberry, the inventor of the Gabardine coat whose name is now one of the major fashion chains.

The town underwent some major development during the 1960s, partially due to damage during the war, but in London Street there are still signs of architecture from the 17th century to the present day.

Hotels / Bed and Breakfasts in the area

Days Inn Fleet
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Hotel
10
The Days Inn Fleet is a friendly and affordable 3 star hotel which is surrounded by the fantastic Hampshire countryside. Situated on the M3, the...
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Holiday Inn Basingstoke
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Hotel
37.5
Holiday Inn Basingstoke is the only hotel in Basingstoke to offer air-conditioned bedrooms & has easy access to the M3, M4, Basingstoke town and...
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Red Lion Hotel
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Hotel
29.5
The Red Lion Hotel commands a truly enviable position right in the heart of Basingstoke
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Hampshire Court Hotel - A QHotel
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Hotel
42.5
Come to the Hampshire Court Hotel - A QHotel for a leisure break like no other. Whether you want to relax, get active or just have fun the hotel has...
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Apollo Hotel & Leisure Club
Hotel
42.5
If you are looking for a luxurious getaway retreat to then the Apollo Health & Leisure Club is the place for you. Situated in the scenic area of...
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