Fleet in Hampshire was little more than a village in the Victorian era, but today is a thriving a popular 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.
Fleet & Church Crookham In The 1950s
29 Jul 2016 Gibsonagg. Fleet Carnivals first programme.
Fleet & Church Crookham In The 1960s & 1970s
1 Feb 2017 GuildfordGhost.
“These clips are of where I grew up. Mostly in the garden of 1, Spencer Close but there are some other clips too. The footage is largely of my immediate family, my nan, and me.”
28 Mar 2013 Pete Cole.
Fleet & Church Crookham In The 1980s
17 Mar 2014 gibsonagg.
Fleet & Church Crookham In The 1990s
1 Mar 2010 GuildfordGhost.
“I was brought up here and was still living here at the time and none of us locals were keen on the masses of building that was going on in the area. The woman interviewed at the start was a friend of mine when I was at Sixth Form.”
11 Mar 2006 Ed Redfern.
“We were young, free and had plenty of time on our hands unlike today. My friends and I were partying like it was 1999. Hang on… I think it was! Here’s a vid of us all at the Fleet Carnival watching Simon ‘A voice like no other’ Maslin and his band Burning Blue take to the stage.”
Fleet & Church Crookham Through The Decades
1 Feb 2017 GuildfordGhost.
“These clips are taken from several reels. The first one is shortly after my parents moved to Church Crookham and is taken mostly along Bourley Road. The later clips are snippets from dreadful footage shot by my brother and myself several times in 1981. I salvaged just the footage that showed the surroundings.”
22 Feb 2007 JAPJAC.
2015 saw Fleet selected by Halifax as the wealthiest and best place to live in Britain for the 5th year in a row.
“I am proud and privileged to state that I lived in Fleet (Pondtail) through 4 decades for my first 25, happy years. My personal farewell/sayōnara video, a humble dedication to a wonderful town. The places where I patronised, frequented, belonged to, worked, dwelled and was educated.”
Fleet & Church Crookham In The 21st Century
14 Sep 2009 GuildfordGhost.
“Just an excerpt from one of the scenes I was in. This was quite an accomplishment but could have been so much better. This was one of very few scenes that worked – a lot of the cast just weren’t actors. It was largely fun, though.”
4 Feb 2013. Gibsonagg. Children’s Procession.
7 Oct 2007 Tips For Travellers. The Lismoyne Hotel, Fleet, Hampshire UK Room 53 Video.
3 Sep 2009 Hampshire County Council.
“Find out more about the range of services we provide which make Hampshire a great place to live work and thrive.”
2 May 2010 Mrtamastorok. Driving across Fleet Hampshire UK.
13 Apr 2011 Andrew Reeves-Hall.
“The Cathedral Express steam train passes through Fleet’s train station after having just started its cross-country journey from Basingstoke; on the 240th anniversary of Richard Trevithick birth, the inventor of the steam engine.”
10 Aug 2011 TimelapsePortal. A complete refurbishment of a canteen in Fleet by an interior design company.
13 Aug 2011 g4rdenspoon. A humorous look at the place voted the best town in the UK.
17 Oct 2011 Lions Clubs International.
“Lion in Fleet, England, provide the hottest night club destination for the 16 and younger crowd in an effort to help local youth socialize and party safely.”
27 Feb 2012 Film Infinity. Made for Innventure Limited, a short web video highlighting the Foresters pub in Fleet, Hampshire.
1 Apr 2012 videoflairfleet. La Casa. Cafe / Deli / Ristorante, 203 Fleet Road.
12 Jun 2012 WhataPhoto Video.
8 Jun 2012 producktionsweb.
“Uploaded is a collection of moments from over the Fleet Carnival Weekend 2012. Most of the clips included are from the Live Music Stage run by Producktions. Other clips include footage from the dog show, carnival floats, bike display team etc.”
27 Oct 2012 PostcodeLottery.
26 Apr 2013 WhataPhoto Video.
7 Jul 2013 Mike Mcdonnell. Everyone at the fleet carnival.
7 Jul 2013 Mike Mcdonnell. Having fun at fleet carnival 2013
6 Aug 2013 Videowl Fine HD Production.
18 Aug 2013 WhataPhoto Video.
“Fleet in Hampshire is a Leafy Green town with Parks, the Basingstoke Canal, the Harlington Centre for Music, Standup Comedy and other event. Fleet top of Halifax’s Best Quality of Life poll.”
6 Aug 2019 Mark Bishop.
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