Fleet town did not exist until the last century. In 1840 the railway from London was completed and Fleet Pond station was built for the benefit of day-trippers. Many Londoners decided to settle in the area, and houses were built along Fleet Road. By 1860 there were 300 inhabitants of whom 30 or 40 were children. There was no school until 1860 and no church until 1861, as Fleet was still in the parish of Crondall. In 1878 several acres of land were sold to a property developer from Farnborough, and a housing estate was planned in the American style with the roads in a grid pattern. Many building plots were sold on a hire-purchase system, shops and pubs appeared and tradesmen moved in to make the community complete.
Further information on attractions to discover in the area is available. For information on public services for Fleet please take a look at the Fleet local pages.
Aldershot Military Museum - discover the history of the 'Home of the British Army'.
The Basingstoke Canal Walk - follow the Towpath Trail.
The Blackwater Valley - An area of contrast; walk or windsurf!
St Michael's Abbey - Napoleon III's final resting place.
Yateley Common Country Park - 476 acres of heath land, woods, grassland and ponds.
Tourist and Other Information sources
Local Tourist Information:
Tourist Information Centre,
The Harlington Centre,
Hampshire GU51 4BY
Telephone: (01252) 811151
Local Information Points
236 Fleet Road
Hampshire GU51 4BX
Telephone: (01252) 614213
Hart District Council,
Hampshire GU51 4AE
Telephone: (01252) 622122
Fax: (01252) 524017
Parking in Fleet
Fleet provides a good range of car parks within the town and surrounding area.
Fleet has many places to eat from cafes and pubs to restaurants and hotels who cater for a wide variety of tastes.
Access by Public Transport
Fleet is served by a railway station and public Bus Services operate frequently within the town and surrounding area.