Waterlooville is coming up to a significant birthday – 2015 will see its 200th year!
It’s relatively young for a town, but how did it all begin?
It’s 1815 and imagine where the Natwest Bank is now…. imagine it as a dirt crossroads surrounded by woodland and scrub land, possibly fields. Lining the crossroads are just 5 buildings. One of these buildings was an inn called the Heroes of Waterloo, so-called after a battle that had be been recently fought on 18 June 1815 by the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon I. Legend has it that many of the soldiers that returned from the Battle of Waterloo stopped and celebrated their victory here. Some of them decided to settle and the new community called itself Waterloo after the inn, but had to change to “Waterlooville” in later years to distinguish it from another place with the same name.
Its amazing to think that in just 200 years, Waterlooville has changed beyond all recognition of the 5 village hamlet that once stood here.
This anniversary is surely a golden opportunity to promote Waterlooville to help boost its economy by staging memorable events to celebrate this significant 200th birthday. It would be a fabulous occasion to bring the new-build developments together with the older side of town. What better way to boost business and community than this momentous anniversary?
The official website of the planned celebrations is here: Waterlooville200 – there is not much on the website at the moment but we have asked them to keep us up to date with their plans as they unfold.