Basingstoke is located in the northeastern part of Hampshire and is located across the valley from the River Loddon. The town is located about forty eight miles south west of London, thirty miles north east of Southampton, sixteen miles south west of Reading and twenty miles north east of the county town of Winchester.
The town of Basingstoke has a population of about eighty thousand four hundred and seventy seven and is part of the Deane and Basingstoke borough, this makes up part of Basingstoke parliamentary constituency. Over the years Basingstoke has been nicknamed doughnut city due to the amount of roundabouts.
Basingstoke is often mistake for a new town however it is actually an old market town, which expanded in a massive way during the 1960's. The town was part of the tripartite agreement that was drawn up between Hampshire County Council, London County Council and also Basingstoke Borough council.
The town of Basingstoke developed rapidly along with the areas of Tadley and Andover. This development was to accommodate the overspill from London and this was done under the plan for Greater London.
There was a mention of Basingstoke in the Domesday Book. Basingstoke was a small market town until the 1950's and it still actually holds a regular market within the town. The town has now outgrown what the county council of Hampshire would consider to be a market town.
Basingstoke tends to have a standard of life that is above the average standard of living and there is a very low level of unemployment.
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