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There are FOUR vacancies on Botley Parish Council following an uncontested election on 02 May 2024.
The vacancies will be filled by co-option at a Council meeting to be held on Tuesday 11 June 2024.
To obtain an application form please contact the Parish Clerk, email: .
Mrs J Morgan, Parish Clerk         Botley Parish Council,
The Botley Centre, High Street Recreation Ground, High Street,
Botley SO30 2ES      phone: 01489 787181
  The Neighbourhood Plan looks to the future of Botley Parish until 2036.
When Adopted, EBC has to take it into account in Planning Applications and other matters.
For more details click on NP Information

The River Hamble - A History


The River Hamble: A History
A new book on the River Hamble by local author
 David Chun

"THE HAMBLE rises at Bishop’s Waltham in Hampshire and flows into Southampton Water. It is a relatively small river but it has an interesting and varied history.  Above Botley the Hamble powered a number of mills, and in the 17th century plans to make ..."


that section navigable were contemplated. The tidal river below Botley has served as an important local conduit for the carriage of goods and commodities, particularly timber, underwood and flour, and a number of industries, including fishing and salt production, have over the centuries flourished on its banks. King Henry V’s fleet was stationed on the river and in the 18th and 19th centuries it was an important location for naval shipbuilding, not least because of the ample supplies of timber to be found in the valley. One of Nelson’s flagships, HMS Elephant, was built there in the 1800s. The proximity of Southampton and Portsmouth has meant that the river was of importance militarily during the Second World War as well as in earlier conflicts. It also boasts a number of literary associations, particularly that of William Cobbett, who lived and farmed at Botley for a number of years at the beginning of the 19th century.

The river has been an important centre for yachting for over one hundred years and there are today a number of boatyards and marinas along its lower reaches. However, despite this and other commercial development, the river is still prized for its natural beauty, and large sections are protected for their ecological and conservation value.

Drawing on printed and archival sources, and with a wealth of illustrations, this book traces the river from its source to the sea.

The book is produced to a high standard in hardback with 95 mono illustrations in 128 pages.

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Available to Purchase from The Penny Farthing Gallery 

and www.phillimore.co.uk at £16.99

ISBN: 978-1-86077-538-3

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