History & Heritage

The history of Bursledon

Bursledon Parish Council is made up of five members of staff and twelve Councillors which includes three borough Councillors we also have Bursledon, Hound & Hamble’s County Councillor within our team. We have four main areas within the parish, Bursledon Green, Lowford Village, Pilands Wood & Old Bursledon. Bursledon is one of the older settlements in the Borough of Eastleigh. In the 1970’s and 80’s it accommodated quite considerable development. The parish straddles the M27 motorway, extending to the southern boundaries of Hedge End to the north, and adjoining Hound parish to the west and south. To the east the settlement fronts the Hamble river, which is tidal at this point. Bursledon had its origins in ship-building and repair activities focused on the river. The Hamble river remains of great significance to Bursledon for its ongoing marine-related economic activity – boat repair, chandlery and moorings – as well as its heritage, landscape, nature conservation

and recreational value.There are tensions between recreational and economic activities and maintaining the landscape and bio diversity interest of the river. The northern part of the parish includes part of the Manor Farm country park which includes some playing fields and provision for children and young people. To the south of the motorway lies the more suburban part of the parish.The southern most portion of the parish includes the oldest area at Old Bursledon. This has a spacious, well-treed character interspersed with narrow country lanes and retains a semi-rural character that is highly valued by its residents. It is excluded from the urban area of the settlement and included within the Old Bursledon Conservation Area, which is one of the largest in the Borough.

 

Lowford Shops

Bursledon Windmill

Bursledon Windmill has been a landmark in the village for more than 200 years. It is the only working windmill in the country with fully wooden machinery.

Built in 1813 by the then miller, Phoebe Langtry, it replaced an earlier post mill. Phoebe was granted a mortgage of £800 (worth considerably more today) which ensured that the windmill could be built, and then used for the good of the community. Bursledon Windmill continued to grind grain until 1885 when the last miller, George Gosling, was finally defeated by a nearby factory and mechanisation. (A housing development close by bears the Gosling name.)

 Over the years the windmill fell into disrepair until it was salvaged by Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s it was renovated and restored to full working order.

As well as receiving contributions from visitors, Bursledon Windmill is funded by Bursledon Parsh Council, Eastleigh Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. It is supported and maintained by Hampshire Cultural Trust. 

Windmill