Infobox UK place
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region = South East England
post_town = EASTLEIGH
postcode_area = SO
static_image_caption=Eastleigh High Street
Eastleigh is a former
railway townin Hampshire, England, and the main town in the Eastleigh borough. The town lies between Southamptonand Winchester, and is part of the South Hampshireconurbation. Eastleigh borough stretches from Netleyon the banks of Southampton Water, the historic river villages of Hamble-le-Rice, Bursledonand Botley, the developing areas of Hedge End, West End, Fair Oak& Bishopstokeand the green residential belt of Chandler's Fordand Boyatt Wood. Eastleigh is home to many businesses, including a large manufacturing plant owned by Prysmian Cables & Systems (formerly the cables division of Pirelli).
A village called East Leah has been nearby for centuries, but the railway station was originally named
BishopstokeJunction, only becoming Eastleigh in 1923, after the town that sprang up around it, with the building of the railway works. The last works depot at Eastleigh was closed during 2006.
Eastleigh has seen a rapid and controlled expansion in residential, industrial and commercial development over recent years. The borough of Eastleigh was ranked the "9th best place to live in the UK 2006" by a
Channel 4programme. [ cite web|url=http://www.channel4.com/4homes/ontv/best&worst/2006/eastleigh.html |title=BEST AND WORST PLACES TO LIVE 2006: Eastleigh |accessdate=2007-11-16 |publisher= Channel 4]
Perhaps Eastleigh's most well known 'resident' is the Spitfire aeroplane which was built in Southampton and first flown from Eastleigh Aerodrome (now
Southampton International Airport). A replica has recently been placed on the traffic island at the entrance to the airport.
The most famous people linked to Eastleigh are probably
Christabel Leighton-Porter, the model for the World War IIcartoon character "Jane" [ [http://www.skylighters.org/jane/ Racy Cartoons of the WW II Years: "Jane"] ] , and Benny Hillwho both lived in the town. In Benny's honour a new road was recently named "Benny Hill Close", though many of the people who had bought the new homes were not happy with the decision. [cite web|url=http://archive.thisishampshire.net/2003/10/6/42492.html |title=Benny Hill's no joke |accessdate=2007-11-16 |date=Monday 6th Oct 2003 |work=Thisishampshire |publisher= Newsquest Media Group] Sir Arthur Young, the eminent police chief, was born at 55 Chamberlayne Road in 1907. Sporting notables include Tommy Green who won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1932 Los Angeles Games in the 50K walk, and Vince Hawkins who was briefly British Middleweight Boxing Champion in the late 1940s.
Eastleigh Museum, which is to be found in the High Street holds information about the town and the surrounding villages, including Bishopstoke which had been the largest residential area.
Eastleigh has two
further educationcolleges, Barton Peveril College(the alma mater of Colin Firth) and Eastleigh College. It also holds many other schools including "Toynbee Sports College" and "Fryern Junior School".
[http://www.elhc.org.uk Eastleigh Ladies Hockey Club] is based in
South Hampshire. It fields 2 teams in the Hampshire Women's League (playing Saturdays), as well as playing floodlit and indoor league games (playing on weekdays). Eastleigh F.C.are the town's sole senior team after the demise of Eastleigh Athletic F.C..
Eastleigh is also home to Eastleigh Rugby club and Trojans Rugby club. The latter having recently produced an England international in Anthony Allen.
Chris Huhnewas elected as the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament(MP) for the Eastleigh constituency after the previous MP (David Chidgey, also Liberal Democrat) retired. Eastleigh has a tradition of close contests, and Huhne narrowly beat the Conservative candidate Conor Burnswith the second lowest swing against the Liberal Democrats of any seat with a retiring MP (2.6%). David Chidgey had succeeded the Conservative MP Stephen Milliganafter his high profile death.
Notable former residents of Eastleigh include: Heinz Burt (pop-musician);
Benny Hill(comedian/actor); Sir Arthur Young, policeman, born there in 1907; Wesley Schinkel (Music Producer); and Radio 1DJ Scott Mills.
* Eastleigh constituency
* [http://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/ Eastleigh Borough Council]
* [http://eastleighso50.tripod.com/ The Eastleigh Photograph Archive]
* [http://www.eastleighfootball.co.uk Eastleigh Football Club unofficial site]
* [http://www.eastleigh.ac.uk/ Eastleigh College]
* [http://www.swanshopping.com/ Shopping in Eastleigh]
* [http://www.flickr.com/groups/eastleigh_borough/ Photos from the Borough of Eastleigh]
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