And so was Waterlooville, the Hampshire town where soldiers returning from the great battle settled after landing in Portsmouth.
It takes an hour or so by rail to commute between the two places, while car journeys are much improved by the new tunnel at Hindhead on the A3, previously a constant, dire bottleneck.
Berewood, above, a new 500-acre estate on the edge of Waterlooville, offers family homes in a well-connected location, which are already selling for a premium compared with the local market. Developer Grainger is putting in the community infrastructure — roads, lakes, schools, shops, a pub, play areas, cricket pitch and pavilion, health centre, allotments and even a cemetery — and is selling land to builders. The architecture of the homes will have to conform to the masterplan.
Bloor Homes and Redrow are currently selling properties at Berewood, priced from £179,000 to £429,000. Call 023 9298 6284.