Hampshire Treasures

Volume 10 ( Fareham)

Page 89 - Warsash

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Warsash was a small timber and fishing port at the mouth of the River Hamble, and also a landing-place for the Hamble-Warsash ferry - an important link in an historic route between Portsmouth and Southampton. The area became notable in the nineteenth century for its strawberry growing. At the crossroads in the centre of the village there is an unusual clocktower built c.1900, an example of Warsash's Edwardian building and prosperity, when people came from miles around for crab and lobster and strawberry teas. Hook was of earlier importance, as a 'dockyard' in the Hundred Years War; it later became The Hook Estate of the Hornby family - The Hook being destroyed by fire early this century.

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