X marks the spot…..
Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2017 by jo
Brook’s Location of the month!
This month’s treasure of a location is:
Warsash village is situated at the mouth of the River Hamble, west of Locks Heath. Warsash is ideally located for access to main local towns, cities, the M27 and the commerce centres of Whiteley and Segensworth however it’s the sailing and vista across the river and water that draw people to this haven.
Offering some of the finest sailing on the South Coast it’s a place where maritime and sailing enthusiasts flock, and wildlife watchers congregate observing a coastline alive with migrating birds.
Warsash is the eastern landing-place for the foot passenger (pink!) ferry crossing the River Hamble from Hamble-le-Rice. The ferry provides a link in local, national and international footpaths such as the Solent Way and cycle routes such as National Cycle Route 2.
In the 19th Century, Warsash’s location made it a perfect area for inhabitants to make their making livings from fishing and smuggling. In 1807 the shipbuilder George Parsons, who had lost the lease of his former shipyard up-river at Bursledon, began construction of a shipyard at Warsash which was a hub for local employment.
By the end of 19th century,the main sources of income for the area were the burgeoning strawberry growing industry and traditional fishing and agriculture.
In recent years, businesses providing refreshments and services to visitors to the area, especially those interested in leisure sailing pursuits prevail. Visitors to the village will see a tower faced by a clock in the centre of the village which used to hold up to 6,000 gallons of water. In present days the water tower has been removed and the clock tower is a private residence.
The parish church, St Mary’s, dates from 1871. The old vicarage site on Osborne Road has been redeveloped and new houses erected. In 2000, local sculptor Ian G Brennan was commissioned to produce a bas-relief carving to be fitted above the entrance to the vestry.The finished piece is made of lime-wood and shows various landmarks of the village and a large dove of peace.
DID YOU KNOW??? On 5 June 1944 British and allied commando units sailed from Warsash for the Normandy Landings!
Why move here?
The village has an array of super shops locally and a Waitrose nearby at the Locks Heath Centre. In the immediate vicinity are schools of excellent repute and an array of trails and footpaths following the ever-changing scenery through woodland to the riverbanks of the Hamble.
The Locks Heath centre is a short drive with its everyday shopping and community facilities a popular coffee house and Waitrose supermarket. and an abundance of cottage industries supporting this, it’s a place where maritime and sailing enthusiasts flock, families enjoy walks and bike trails along pathways which follow undoubtedly some of the most picturesque stretches of the Hamble. all of these attributes make this a destination address for those looking for activity and amenities on ones doorstep.
Warsash has 4 pubs within 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) of each other. The Rising Sun on the shore front, The Ferryman (previously a popular jazz pub known as The Great Harry), The Jolly Farmer in Fleet End Road and The Silver Fern.
We have a range of properties to suit a range of budgets and requirements in the Warsash area. Please get in touch if you’re considering buying or selling a property in this area.