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ABOUT Eling and Totton New Forest, Hampshire, UK.

Totton and Eling is a town and civil parish in Hampshire, UK, with a population of around 28,000 people. It is situated on the eastern edge of the New Forest and on the River Test, close to the city of Southampton and part of the city's urban area. Surrounding towns and villages include Ashurst, Marchwood, Cadnam and Ower.

Totton claimed to be the largest village in England until it was made a town in 1974. The Town is often considered to be made up of several smaller villages, such as Testwood, Calmore and Hammonds Green (as well as the original village of Totton) which have been connected by new clusters of housing to form the town as it is today. This is backed up by the presence of several areas of local shops, which served their respective villages in the past, and to an extent still do today. Until the 1967 forest perambulation fencing, New Forest ponies were free to roam its streets. At their closest points, Totton and Ashurst are less than 0.4 km (400m) apart, if measured from the closest buildings.

Totton's town centre hasn't changed much since the seventies and it only has Commercial Road and the A35 causeway as the main exit routes from the town.

The areas behind Calmore Industrial Estate by the river Test have been regenerated for boating with lakes, but its main use is fishing and as a water supply resource. There is also the Testwood Lakes Centre, with walks along the Test Way running from Totton to Inkpen Beacon in Berkshire, via Romsey in Hampshire.

Eling can be accessed by crossing the railway line which divides the original old village of Totton and the areas of Eling, and Hounsdown. This goes to Brokenford which has some pathways from Totton to the A35 Bypass road at Eling recreation ground, by Bartley Water.

The Iron Age Hillfort at Tatchbury Mount is evidence of early settlement in the Totton area and Netley Marsh on the edge of Totton was the site of an early battle between Anglo Saxon invaders under Cerdic and Romano-Celtic peoples under Natanleod. The construction of Testwood Lakes revealed a treasure-trove of ancient artefacts including one of the oldest known bridges in England, believed to date to around c.1,500BC. The area's history is inevitably closely connected with ship and boat building but more with its timber trade. It was the site of much illegal dealing in the timber unlawfully obtained from the New Forest.

Eling's attractions include its tide mill that is at one end of the Harbour and Eling's Norman parish church, St Mary's, built on Saxon foundations with registers dating back to 1537. Eling Tide Mill is one of the very few working tide mills in the UK but cannot be equated with the mill listed in the Domesday Book. In addition, Eling contains Hampshire's only surviving medieval toll bridge across Bartley Water by the side of the tide mill. This has been in use since at least 1418 and still charges users today. There is a Town council run Heritage Centre, with details of the history of Totton and Eling.

The original village of Totton can be descibed as the area's of Totton, Testwood and the Salmon Leap and disected by the A36 and the A336 and bordered by the River Test. From this, many new developments were made to expand the town. The Calmore estate was built in the early 1970s to the north of the Town, and subsequent housing has merged the estate to the town as a whole. Extended housing to the Hounsdown region also occurred during the 1970s, with the construction of the school and the increased housing found there. In the late 1980s and 1990s, more housing was built to the West of the town towards Netley Marsh and along Ringwood road. These developments, collectively referred to as West Totton, consisted of a new communal area and church and hall as well as huge amounts of new homes.

New Developments on the former BAT sports ground and Little Testwood Farm by Linden homes is set to take the population of the town to a new high of over 29,000 people. Despite this no new facilities are to be provided, and the current ones will, as a result, be put under larger pressure.

Since the end of World War Two, the town emphasised more on its connections and proximity to Southampton, due to the prosperity to be found there, but more recently, particularly since the building of West Totton transformed the town beyond all recognition, the town has attempted to return to emphasis on its roots as a smaller independent New Forest settlement.

Totton and Eling is served by the railway at Totton railway station, on the South Western Main Line to Southampton, London Waterloo, Bournemouth and Poole, and is run by South West Trains.

Bus services in the town are run by three main companies. Bluestar, formerly Solent Blue Line, runs services to Southampton, Cadnam, Hythe, Dibden and around the town. Wilts & Dorset also operate cross county routes to Salisbury and First Hampshire & Dorset to Southampton via Southampton General Hospital.

The town has easy access to the nearby M27 motorway, to Salisbury via the A36 Salisbury Road, to Lyndhurst and Southampton via the A35 and to the Waterside region by the A326.

The town also has numerous cycle routes, which started with the suburban cycleway through West Totton, constructed when the estate was built and running from Hounsdown to Calmore Road. This has further been extended to two on-road routes to the centre of Totton from Calmore Schools down Water Lane, and down Salisbury Road. In addition, there are several links to the New Forest cycle network at Ashurst and Foxhills.

One of the most successful sporting enterprises of the area has been Totton and Eling Cricket Club. Under its former guise of B.A.T. Sports, it won the Southern Premier league, the highest level of club cricket in the Hampshire area, four times in six seasons between 2001 and 2006. In September 2007 Totton and Eling CC became North Gear National 2020 Champions beating Ockbrook & Borrowash in the live televised final on Sky Sports.

In addition to the cricket club, Totton also has a local football team, A.F.C. Totton. In 2007, AFC Totton made it to the final of the FA Vase and so had the chance to play the first competitive match at the New Wembley Stadium. The club were previously based in a stadium in the centre of the town, however moved in 2011 to a new ground with stand and several training pitches near the outskirts of the town in Calmore. The ground reportedly cost £2.5 million.

There is also a rugby club, Tottonians, operating from grounds at Totton College.

Totton now has two secondary schools within the boundary of the Totton and Eling Civil Parish; the original Testwood School, built in the 1940s and Hounsdown School, built in 1963.

Testwood Sports College is located in the north of the town and has undergone changes recently as part of it's acquisition of Sports college status in 2004. This has resulted in a change of name and improvement of facilities including building a synthetic turf pitch and an extension to their sports hall. The Testwood school logo includes the river, the wood and salmon encompassed into it, indicating the nearby River Test and the Salmon leap. Testwood hires out it's sporting facilities after hours, namely the synthetic turf pitch, which is used frequently by the community. Testwood's pupils mainly come from the central Totton and Calmore areas. Testwood normaly ends at five minuites to three.

Hounsdown, a specialist science college, is located in the Hounsdown area of the town, south of the A35. It too has experienced expansion in recent years, including the construction of a new sports hall. The Hounsdown logo is of a stylised, curved triangle. Hounsdown also hires out it's sporting facilities after school, namely the swimming pool, which is used frequently by the local community and groups . Hounsdown source's it's pupils from the areas of Hounsdown, Eling, West Totton and Ashurst.

Both schools share a strong rivalry between each other, which is often reflected from sporting events to clashes between pupils outside of school. The severity of this led Hounsdown to change the time their school finishes 15 minutes later to quarter past three.

Totton also has a sixth form college: Totton College, which started life in 1955 as Totton Grammar School.

The town has a number of churchs in the area, the biggest and oldest being St. Mary the Virgin church in Eling. Other anglican churches in the town include the church of St. Anne's in Calmore, the church of St. Matthew's in Netley Marsh and the church of St. Winifred's in Testwood. These churches form the Team parish of Totton and are part of the Diocese of Winchester. In addition to these, there is also Testwood Baptist Church.

St. Mary the Virgin ChurchThe Church of St Mary the Virgin is the oldest of the churches in the Totton area. Several years ago during the reordering of the church excavations, part of a Celtic cross that dates back to the 9th (possibly the 6th) century was found. The site of St Mary's has been a place of Christian worship since that date.

Today the church stands on the hill looking out over the bay to the container port on the Southampton side of Millbrook. On this side, not far away is the expanse and beauty of the New Forest. St Mary's finds itself at a threshold between the industry of Southampton and the quiet of the Forest. Within the tension of both lies the possibility of both old and new. The church itself reflects this with a modern interior that brings a light, open effect and the traditional stone, including a Saxon arch. St Mary the Virgin Church is a part of the Anglican team ministry that covers the town of Totton and Eling with 38,000 people within its area. Historically the mother church to the area, St Mary's is now one of four churches in the team ministry along with Calmore, Netley Marsh and Testwood. In 2003 two self-styled 'vampires' were imprisoned for harassment of the Vicar of St Mary's and his family..

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    bullet point Easy access from the M27 - Close to Junction 2
    bullet point Argate is in a quiet location and has ample off road parking at the front of the property.
    bullet point Ideal for those wishing to experience the beauty of the New Forest National Park
    bullet point Within easy reach of the county shows at Broadlands, Netley Marsh and Brockenhurst.
    bullet point Southampton city centre is only 10 minutes away by car as is Lyndhurst, the capital of the New Forest.
    bullet point All rooms are comfortably furnished, have colour television, hairdryer and beverage making facilities.
    bullet point We are a totally non smoking establishment.

    Mr and Mrs D Antoni, Argate, Ashurst Bridge Road
    Totton, Southampton, SO40 7EA

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