Farnborough dates back to Norman times and lies on the north-east Hampshire border with north-west Surrey.
In 1879, Farnborough was the town chosen by Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress Eugenie, who was the widow of Napoleon III of France, for her main residence. She acquired the country estate know as Farnborough Hill which was transformed into a magnificent mansion. A mausoleum was created as a final resting place for her late husband and son. An ornate monastery was also constructed which became an Abbey in 1903. Empress Eugenie died in 1920, aged 93, and was interned alongside her husband and son. The grand funeral was attended by King George V and Queen Mary, along with other foreign royalty and European heads of state. To perpetuate the memory of Farnborough’s most celebrated resident, the highly favoured residential development of Empress Park which is set on the edge of the original Farnborough Hill estate, incorporates road name associated with this remarkable lady.
Farnborough has the considerable advantage of being easily accessible to both London and the southern coast.
The local economy is particularly strong with full employment, prompted by a number of locally based major employers. The thriving central shopping centre has been attractively redeveloped with further expansion planned. The town provides a wide selection of highly rated schools.
Farnborough railway station is on the main West Country line, serving Waterloo in only 37 minutes. Farnborough North and North Camp railway stations are both on the Reading, Guildford and Gatwick Airport line. Road access is well served by junctions 4 and 4a of the M3 motorway, connecting to the M25 and Sunbury with the M27 near Southampton. The dual carriageway relief road (A331) adjoins the east side of Farnborough and links junction 4 of the M3 directly with the dual carriageway of the Hogs Back (A31), which connects with the A3 to London.