Waterlooville

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Waterlooville is a town in Hampshire, England approx 8 miles north of Portsmouth.

The town has a population itself of about 10,000 and is surrounded by Purbrook, Blendworth, Cowplain, Lovedean, Clanfield, Catherington, Crookhorn, Denmead, Hambledon, Horndean and Widley.

The town is twinned with Maurepas, Yvelines in France.

Legend has it that it was named after the pub that stood at the centre of town, then known as Waitland End. The Heroes of Waterloo was named because on its opening day a long column of weary soldiers, who had just disembarked at Portsmouth returning home from the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, decided to stop there and celebrate their victory. According to local legend, many of them settled there; at any rate the pub was renamed in their honour and the area around the pub became known as Waterlooville.

The town centre was closed to traffic in 1981 when Maurepas Way was constructed to take traffic away from the main shopping area. An underpass was constructed for pedestrians walking up along the Hambledon road. Between 1982-3 the old road was then fully converted to a pedestrian precinct.

Near the town centre is the rebuilt St Georges church. During the 1950s and 1960s the surrounding area saw extensive growth in housing, large suburban public and private housing estates were constructed..

The main shopping precinct is served by First in Hampshire & Dorset bus routes 40/X40, 41, 45, 45A, 42 and Stagecoach services 37, 38 and 39. The A3 Bus Corridor priority route serves the town. The nearest train station is located in Havant and is on the main train route between London and Portsmouth.

Waterlooville contains six primary schools: Stakes Hill Infant School, Hulbert Junior School, Wait End Primary, Purbrook Junior School, Queens Enclosure Primary and St. Peter's Catholic Primary. It contains three secondary schools: Oaklands Catholic Secondary School, Purbrook Park School (Language College) and The Crookhorn College of Technology. There are two colleges, Oaklands Catholic Sixth Form College and South Downs College.

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