The three parishes of Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound together make up the southernmost part of the Borough fronting Hamble River and the Solent, bordering Southampton to the west and Fareham to the east.
The three parishes are diverse with a variety of competing demands. These include the picturesque ruins of Netley Abbey, Netley Castle, which is now residential accommodation, and the working Bursledon Windmill as well as several conservation areas. In parts it has a rural character with managed countryside sites and attractive walks e.g. Hamble Common and Royal Victoria Country Park.
The waterfront includes the quay and marinas on the Hamble River, the Headquarters of the Royal Yachting Association, the country's yachting Mecca and one of the largest recreational boating centres in Europe with over 3,000 moorings. The river has a long history of boat-building and Bursledon was the site of major shipyards between the 14th and 19th centuries. This included the construction of Napoleonic Men of War as well as Henry V's Grace Dieu lying near Bursledon Bridge.
There are two ancient monuments with Iron Age structures on Hamble Common and a Roman villa at the fork of the Upper Hamble. Furthermore, a significant contribution to the history of the development of aviation has been made by Hamble with links to such famous individuals as R J Mitchell, Amy Johnson and Nevil Shute.
There are a range of community premises in the three villages, most managed by voluntary and community organisations, offering a wide variety of activities.
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