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Living in Chineham: the local area guide

Sitting 3 miles north-east of Basingstoke, 15 miles south-west of Reading, 33 miles north-east of Southampton and 52 miles south-west of London, the petite village and civil parish of Chineham attracts more than its fair share of commuters.

Lying quietly in the outskirts of Basingstoke, the village, which is part of the Basingstoke and Deane district of Hampshire, was a recent development, yet its site has a far-reaching history. This history goes back to Saxon times ,as evidenced by a recording in the Domesday Book back in 1086, which referred to Chineham as Chineham in Basingestoch Hundred - Hantescire.

Though the town may not boast historic artefacts, it does have spacious properties, excellent educational institutes and marvellous road links.

Demographics

Chineham consists mostly of commuters and young families who seek a more subdued way of life. According to the 2011 Census, the civil parish is home to over 7000 individuals who are split into 3,278 households - most of which are owned outright or with a mortgage.

Chineham is, in fact, home to affluent denizens, who are employed full-time and hold a degree. Most tend to work in either Basingstoke, Reading or London and, thus, depend heavily on the A33 road which is situated minutes away. Although a minority also work at the local business park, Chineham Park, which is home to national and international businesses.

Education

Two exemplary schools exist in Chineham, which will no doubt please parents of young children. Four Lanes Infant School is, perhaps, the most popular of the two for its exceptional teaching standards, student support and academic merits. When it was last inspected in 2010, it impressed Ofsted inspectors so much so they awarded the institute an ‘Outstanding’ rating.

The second school, Great Binfields Primary School, was also well received by Ofsted, who deemed them ‘Good’ on their last inspection in 2015. They went further on to praise the attainment of its pupils – which was much higher than the national average – and the school’s effort at improving the quality of education.

Children who have completed their primary education, or are over the age of 11, will have to travel to nearby Basingstoke – a short drive down the road - to attend secondary school. Here, a number of excellent schools can be found. One such institute is Sherfield, a boarding school (day or full board), which boasts excellent pupil achievements and a broad yet challenging curriculum for primary, secondary and post 16 education.

Transport

As mentioned prior, Chineham sits moments away from the A33 road. This road connects the residents of Chineham with Basingstoke, Reading, Winchester and Southampton. On top of this, the Big Smoke can be reached effortlessly within minutes – traffic permitting, of course.

It’s therefore no wonder that Chineham is considered a home base for many commuters; commuters with cars, that is. This is further evidenced by the number of residents who either own a car or drive to work – which is 58% of working age people.

Aside from the reliance on cars, buses are also used. The Hants and Surrey service takes locals to and from Basingstoke on a regular and timely basis. The only thing the petite village lacks is a train station, with the nearest one residing in the bustling hub of Basingstoke. From Basingstoke, locals and commuters can catch trains to pretty much anywhere in England.

Amenities and shopping

Chineham is not only home to picturesque tree laden streets, it is also home to a shopping centre, housing supermarkets and retail outlets like Marks and Spencer and Boots – which is ideal when you need to purchase essential goods.

For social activities, the central hub tends to be the Chineham Arms, a fiercely loved local pub. If you decide to live here, a drink or two with neighbours at this jovial watering hole will soon become routine.

The village further benefits from a public library, a medical centre and dental practices. If, however, you’re missing the glamour of London’s famed Oxford Street and the glittering stores of Covent Garden – you’re only a mere hour away!

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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