Basingstoke is situated in the north of Hampshire, in the district of Basingstoke and Deane. It is an affluent town with a population of approximately 160,000.
Hampshire itself has a population of over 1.5 million and nestles on the picturesque south coast of England. Best known by many holiday-makers for its sleepy seaside towns, Hampshire also boasts a long and rich maritime tradition with Portsmouth's historic docks playing host to ships of naval battles past and present.
For those of a rambling persuasion, the county offers not only the tranquility of the New Forest within its bounds, but also part of the stunning South Downs, inspiration for poets and artists alike. Both the Downs and the New Forest are National Park areas.
Basingstoke is surrounded by an open countryside yet is a town large enough to have good shopping, entertainment and sports facilities. The town continues to prosper and is recognised as one of the South East's major commercial centres located approximately 45 miles south west of Central London, 30 miles east of Southampton and 16 miles south of Reading.
Basingstoke has been the place of residence for more than one famous name over time from artists to writers to musicians - novelist Jane Austen was born and raised nearby, the model and actress Liz Hurley was born in the town, and more sinisterly Basingstoke was also home to the last woman to be hanged in this country, Ruth Ellis.
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