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Woolston is an up and coming area just on the outskirts of Southampton City Centre, making it the perfect location for working professionals. The new development 'Centenary Quay' is also attracting young couples and families.
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Woolston is a suburb of Southampton, Hampshire, located on the eastern bank of the River Itchen. It is bounded by the River Itchen, Hampshire, Sholing, Peartree Green, Itchen and Weston. The area is rich in maritime and aviation history. The ancient hamlet grew as new industries, roads and railways came to the area in the Victorian era with Woolston being formally incorporated into the borough of Southampton in 1920.
Woolston is an up and coming area, soon to be the new Ocean Village. Woolston is benefitting from a brand new development by ‘Crest Nicholson’ offering affordable modern houses and apartments, some with sea views across the port of Southampton. As well as these new builds Woolston offers a range of detached character homes, semi-detached housing and other flats and apartments.
Woolston has its own high street, full of shops, hairdressers, and restaurants and take-away’s. Consisting of the shop ‘Best-ones’ which is a convenience store, a BP Connect petrol station, plenty of hardware stores and charity shops.
Woolston benefits from plenty of pubs around the area such as the ‘Obelisk’, which is very popular with the locals, benefiting from Karaoke, Sky Sports TV, Weekly pub quiz and many more. Other pubs include, The Bridge, The Peartree and the Yacht Tavern. As far as nightlife is concerned, Southampton city centre is only a short journey away, offering lots of pubs, bars and nightclubs to everyone’s taste.
St. Mark's Infants school in Church Road, moved to new premises in Florence Road in 1974, becoming Woolston First School and now today is known as Woolston Infant School. Ludlow Infant School is situated on the same site as Ludlow Junior School, the largest Southampton primary school with 600 pupils. Woolston no longer provides education for pupils over the age of eleven, since Woolston School was controversially closed in July 2008 to make way for Oasis Academy Mayfield. The Woolston school Porchester road site is at present in the stages of being demolished to make way for new buildings (to be confirmed by the council). The former Key Stage 4 block has now been relocated to Sholing Grove site as the new site has been completed as of July 2011. In February 2012 all students hope to start study at the newly built site Oasis Academy Mayfield- in Sholing.
Woolston railway station is on the West Coastway Line, situated at the end of the Itchen Bridge and operated by South West Trains. The Itchen Bridge is a toll bridge that crosses the River Itchen, from Woolston to the Chapel area of Southampton near Ocean Village and St. Mary's Stadium. Tolls are charged for vehicles crossing the bridge, toll booths and a control room are situated at the Woolston end, however pedestrians and cyclists travel free. Nearly 600,000 vehicles a month use the bridge to cross the river. This is considerably more than were ever accommodated on the Woolston Floating Bridge, a cable ferry which served Woolston from 1938 until the opening of the bridge. Prior to the Floating Bridge, the Itchen ferry boats provided transport across the River Itchen. There is a major bus stop on the Woolston link road (a separate entrance/exit to the Itchen Bridge not used by normal cars), with a number of (mostly First Group) buses running through the suburb.