Welcome to Warsash! This website is the home of the Warsash Residents' Association and gives you comprehensive information on what the village has to offer, as well as about the activities of the association.
The Village of Warsash
Warsash is a village in southern Hampshire, England, situated at the mouth of the River Hamble on its east bank. It is in the borough of Fareham, and is part of the Fareham parliamentary constituency. The village is an attractive residential and yachting centre and is linked to Hamble-le-Rice village opposite by a ferry for pedestrians and cyclists. Warsash has long been one of the most popular centres for sailing in the country, with the River Hamble being crowded with yachts of all sizes. It is also home to the Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Southampton Solent University, which provides training for Merchant Navy Officers from around the world.
Boating plays an important part in the village's economy, the village having a sailing club as well as several companies that support the leisure boating business. Warsash still has a crab and lobster fishing activity, albeit somewhat reduced from its heyday. Strawberry growing was also a major employer in the area until until it died out in the 1970s. Before that, Warsash had a flourishing ship-building industry, going back to Tudor times, with wooden warships being constructed. The silting of the harbour at Hook brought that activity to an end. On the waterfront, a memorial recalls the huge armada which left the River Hamble and the rest of this part of the South coast in 1944 to take part in the D-Day landings, an event in which all of Fareham played an important role.
The village centre with its numerous shops is a short distance from the river and centres around its iconic clock tower. There are four pubs in the village centre and beyond, all serving meals, as well as independent restaurants, cafés and take-aways. Almost none of the Warsash and Hook built-up area interrupts its coastline of 3.6 miles, which is almost entirely backed by countryside, commons and nature reserves, with numerous green walking routes. It has a population of about 7200.
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The Warsash Residents' Association
The WRA brings you relevant news stories and updates about village life. The WRA is your voice in local affairs, as well as your "eyes and ears" on what's happening around us. Go to The WRA to find out all about us.