Stubbington

stubbingtonStubbington lies to the south of Fareham, separated from the main part of the town by open farmland. It has some attractive areas of modern housing and a village shopping centre built around a small green. Stubbington is closely linked with Crofton which is adjacent to it. In 1912 Stubbington consisted of a few dozen cottages and farms on flat countryside. Over the years, as a result of damage sustained during the Second World War and also because of an intensive building programme, the village has undergone a complete transformation.

To the east of Stubbington, on the borough boundary with Gosport, is the former Royal Naval air station of HMS Daedalus. From here a helicopter search and rescue service operates along much of the South Coast.

The village Community Centre occupies the site of the former ‘Stubbington House School’, founded by the Reverend William Foster in 1841. The school moved to Ascot in 1962.

Stubbington House, an attractive Queen Anne building which sat in the position now occupied by the tennis courts, was demolished in 1967.

Two of the buildings associated with the school are still in use – the assembly hall is used by the scouts and the Community Centre incorporates a classroom block. The attractive parkland south of the village centre, which makes such a valuable contribution to the character of the village, originally provided the setting for the house.

Crofton Church of England Parish covers the communities of Stubbington and Hill Head which lie between Southampton and Portsmouth.  There are two church buildings in the parish; the larger and newer is Holy Rood while the smaller, older building is St Edmunds.