Glimpse the past with old images of Fleet, in Hampshire, England.
Fleet in Hampshire was little more than a village in the Victorian era, but today is a popular and thriving town.
Housing developments just before the Second World War, which continued into the 1960s and 70s, brought in commuters who could quickly reach London by train. By the time housebuilding at Elvetham Heath was started, the town had been connected to the M3. Previously, the motorway went past, with just Fleet Services giving a hint as to what lay beyond the roadside greenery.
The town is pretty, with a canal, pockets of woodland, Fleet Pond and surrounding countryside available to families and dog walkers. The local housing stock is upmarket; few council properties were built in the past, flats are low-rise and few in number, and the property market is dominated by family homes with garages and gardens. A number of streets feature very large properties with extensive gardens.
The High Street has changed significantly from the mid-1980s. The Hart Shopping Centre was opened in 1991, just a short while after McDonald’s first appeared in the town. Leisure venues have flourished so there is a good selection of places to eat, drink and socialise.
The Fleet Carnival has been an annual event since 1956. Local groups gather together to form a jolly procession, with some of the volunteers collecting donations in buckets from the watching crowds. It’s a very English affair, with people dressed up according to the chosen theme of the group and several decorated floats forming the backbone of the procession.
1956 Carnival Programme
The town Carnival’s first programme, produced in 1956.
Fleet Carnival Programme – 1956 – Gibsonagg on YouTube
Vintage Family Clips
Most of this 8mm home movie footage recorded between 1969 and 1974 is of a family in the garden of 1, Spencer Close, but there are other clips.
CHURCH CROOKHAM, FLEET, HANTS (8mm, 1969-1974) – GuildfordGhost on YouTube
Several home movie clips have been assembled into a short video.
The first clip is from 1966, when some new residents to Church Crookham filmed Bourley Road.
Then in 1981 some footage recorded by children has glimpses of the surroundings.
TWESELDOWN, CHURCH CROOKHAM, FLEET, HANTS (8mm, 1966-1981) – GuildfordGhost on YouTube
Photos of the 70s & 80s
A collection of old photos from the 1970s and 1980s.
For Church Crookham and Fleet in the 70’s & 80’s – Pete Cole on YouTube
Fleet Carnival 1988
Relive the 1988 Fleet Carnival thanks to this home movie.
Fleet Carnival in 1988 – gibsonagg on YouTube
Construction Traffic 1999
In January 1999, huge new housing estates were being built. As a result, local roads suffered increased traffic from construction vehciles and personnel.
Councillor Lucy Ellis was a concerned parent who spoke to the local television news about the issues being experienced by residents.
MERIDIAN NEWS – HGVs in Fleet, Hampshire, January 1999 – GuildfordGhost on YouTube
Fleet Carnival 1999
A home video from 1999.
Fleet carnival – Ed Redfern on YouTube
Fleet Millenium Pageant
Lots of people had fun taking part in the Fleet Millenium Pageant, on 11th June 2000.
FLEET MILLENIUM PAGEANT, Hants, 11th June 2000 – GuildfordGhost on YouTube
This video was made in 2003 by someone who was leaving Fleet after 25 years living there.
JAPJAC’s Fleet Hampshire England 2003 Vid – JAPJAC on YouTube
Fleet Carnival 2007
Home movie of the Childrens’ Procession in 2007.
Fleet Carnival 2007 – Gibsonagg on YouTube
The Lismoyne Hotel 2007
This is a 2007 video of Room 53 in The Lismoyne Hotel.
The Lismoyne Hotel, Fleet, Hampshire UK Room Video – Tips For Travellers on YouTube
Council Services 2007
Looking after Hampshire, Looking out for you – Hampshire County Council on YouTube
Driving across the town in 2010.
Driving across Fleet Hampshire UK – Mrtamastorok on YouTube
2011 Fleet Station
2011 was the 240th anniversary of the birth of Richard Trevithick, an early pioneer of steam-powered road and rail transport.
To mark the event, the Cathedral Express steam train started a cross-country journey, starting at Basingstoke and passing through Fleet Railway Station.
Not only is this special event recorded, but it also captures images of what Fleet Station looked like at the time.
Uploaded to YouTube on 13 Apr 2011 by Andrew Reeves-Hall.
Canteen Refit 2011
A complete refurbishment of a canteen by an interior design company in 2011 was recorded on time lapse photography.
Uploaded to YouTube onCanteen Refit – Fleet, Hampshire July 2011 – Time-lapse Photography by Regenology Ltd. –10 Aug 2011 by TimelapsePortal on YouTube
A 2011 humorous look at the place voted the best town to live in the UK.
Come to Fleet – g4rdenspoon on YouTube
2011 Lions Clubs
This video was made in October 2011 to highlight the Lions Club nightclub for teenagers aged 16 and under. These were run in an effort to help youngsters socialise and party in a safe environment.
2011 October, LQ: HYPE Disco – Lions Clubs Videos – Lions Clubs International on YouTube
La Casa 2012
This is a 2012 promotional video of the Cafe, Deli and Ristorante called La Casa, based at 203 Fleet Road.
La Casa Restaurant – Fleet, Hampshire videoflairfleet on YouTube
Fleet & District Carnival 2012
A video showing many participants and spectators of 2012’s carnival.
Fleet & District Carnival 2012 – High Street Grand Procession – WhataPhoto Video on YouTube
High Street 2012
In October 2012 Postcodelottery visited Fleet to deliver good news. The video included shots of Fleet High Street.
Street Prize – GU51 3AS – Fleet – 27 October 2012 – PostcodeLottery on YouTube
The Station 2013
This 2013 promotional film was made about the Pizza Kitchen & Bar called The Station.
The Station – Pizza Kitchen & Bar – Fleet, Hampshire – WhataPhoto Video on YouTube
Fleet Carnival 2013
A look at the Fleet & District Carnival held on 6th July, 2013.
Fleet carnival Saturday 6th July 2013 – Mike Mcdonnell on YouTube
Fleet carnival July 2013 – Mike Mcdonnell on YouTube
ReggaeFest & BBQ III 2013
Lots of people had fun at the ReggaeFest and BBQ in 2013.
ReggaeFest & BBQ III 2013 – Fleet, Hampshire (official aftermovie) – Videowl Fine HD Production on Youtube
Around Fleet 2013
Moments from 2013 around the leafy green town of Fleet.
Fleet Hampshire, about our Town. – WhataPhoto Video on YouTube
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