Fareham Travel Guide
Many naval officers moved to the town in the 18th and 19th centuries, leaving a lasting legacy of some fine Georgian town houses in the town centre.
Farehamís other historic claim to fame is the ďFareham RedsĒ, the distinctive bricks used to build Londonís Royal Albert Hall. Once a thriving industry in the area the brickworks finally closed in 1974.
Modern Fareham with a population approaching 105,000 is very much a large town inescapably caught up in the encroaching urban sprawl of Portsmouth and Southampton. The largely 1960ís built town centre is now a revitalising work in progress. West Street is now a tree pedestrian area dotted with many fascinating examples of iron street furniture inspired by Henry Cort, a revolutionary of 18th century iron production. Farehamís market has also been moved to West Street. The town has an engaging mix of shops including most of the large national multiples with a sprinkling of owner operated specialists shops. A Farmers Market is held in the town centre Fareham Shopping Centre complex on the 1st Saturday of each month.
Despite Farehamís urban setting there are a wealth of marine and rural activities just a short drive from the town. Bishops Waltham an historic market town is close by.Fort Brockhurst and Fort Nelson are also well worth a visit. For the sailor there are endless opportunities on the Meon, around Portsmouth harbour or out and about on the Solent.
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