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Basingstoke

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Basingstoke is a large town in northeast Hampshire, in south central England. It lies across a valley at the source of the River Loddon. It is located 30mi northeast of Southampton, 48mi southwest of London, and 19mi northeast of the county town and former capital Winchester. In 2012 it had an estimated population of 84,275, but this does not include the large suburban villages of Chineham, Old Basing or Lychpit, which are now generally considered as outer suburbs. Together with the town they form the Basingstoke Built-Up Area, which had a population of 107,355 in 2011. It is part of the borough of Basingstoke and Deane and part of the parliamentary constituency of Basingstoke. Basingstoke is often nicknamed "Doughnut City" or "Roundabout City" because of the number of large roundabouts.Often mistaken for a new town, Basingstoke is an old market town expanded in the 1960s as a result of a tripartite agreement between London County Council and Hampshire County Council. It was developed rapidly after World War II, along with various other towns in the United Kingdom, in order to accommodate part of the London 'overspill' as perceived under the Greater London Plan in 1944. Basingstoke market was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and it remained a small market town until the 1950s. At the start of World War II the population was little more than 13,000. It still has a regular market, but is now larger than Hampshire County Council's definition of a market town.
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