23 Facts About Aldershot


Aldershot is known as the "Home of the British Army", a connection which led to its rapid growth from a small village to a Victorian town.

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John Norden's map of Hampshire, published in the 1607 edition of William Camden's Britannia, indicates that Aldershot was a market town.

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Aldershot in turn left the manor to be divided between his two daughters, Ellen the wife of Sir Richard Tichborne and Mary, the wife of Sir Walter Tichborne, brother of Richard.

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In 1854, at the time of the Crimean War, Aldershot Garrison was established as the first permanent training camp for the British Army.

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Aldershot Military Tattoo was an annual event dating back to 1894.

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In 2012, it was styled as the Aldershot Garrison Show, a smaller free event held on Armed Forces Day.

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Aldershot was home for two Infantry Divisions and a Cavalry Brigade in addition to large numbers of artillery, engineers, service corps and medical services.

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At the start of World War I the units based at Aldershot became the 1st Corps of the British Expeditionary Force and soon tens of thousands of new recruits came to the large training centre in the Camp.

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Aldershot played a vital role in the formation of Kitchener's Army, providing the core of the Army from 1914 onwards as well as treating the wounded brought back from the trenches in France and Flanders.

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On 22 February 1972, Aldershot experienced the first in a series of mainland IRA attacks.

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Aldershot Buddhist Centre is a Buddhist temple and community centre catering for the Buddhists of Aldershot and surrounding area which is billed as the United Kingdom's first Buddhist community centre.

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Aldershot is close to several major roads, including the M3, and the A3.

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Aldershot has only one secondary school, Alderwood School though Ash Manor School, Farnham Heath End School, All Hallows Catholic School and The Wavell School are all local.

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The local newspaper, The Aldershot News, failed to publish Leach's advertisement for the show.

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In 2003, a health check of the town centre concluded that, "Aldershot is experiencing promising signs of revitalisation, particularly in the shopping core".

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Aldershot has many parks, playgrounds and open spaces for sport, play and leisure, including Aldershot Park, Brickfields Country Park, the Municipal Gardens, Manor Park and the Princes Gardens, the latter three a short walk from the town centre.

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Aldershot played for Birmingham City and Manchester United before his playing career was ended by injuries sustained in the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958.

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Aldershot had won three league title medals with Manchester United.

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Aldershot later returned to Aldershot to run a sports shop with his brother Peter.

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Aldershot continued to live locally until he died in September 1994, at the age of 68.

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Aldershot Stadium was located in Oxenden Road, Tongham and staged Stock Car racing for the first time on 30 October 1954.

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Aldershot hosted three of the five events in the modern pentathlon at the 1948 London Olympics.

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Aldershot is a Cfb according to the Koppen climate classification.

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