Fawley is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, and is situated in the New Forest on the Western shore of the Solent, approximately seven miles from Southampton.
A settlement has existed at Fawley for many centuries, and the Village itself was recorded in the Domesday book. Other areas in the Parish can boast remains of the Stone Age, and Roman occupation. The origin of the name "Fawley" is uncertain but is thought to mean "Fallow wood/ clearing" or "clearing with land broken in for arable".
The arrival of Esso oil refinery in 1921 transformed a sparsely populated agricultural area into an industrial centre with a population of around 14,500. Today it is the largest oil refinery in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 330,000 barrels a day.
Famous fans and notable people from Fawley
Edward Unwin (1864 - 1950) was the recipient of the Victoria cross.
William Gibson (1804 - 1862) Parish priest, and father to thirteen.
Arthur Sumner Gibson (1844 - 1927) England rugby international, born in Fawley
Wessex League Division One Runners up 2009-10
Hampshire League Division Three Winners 1994-95
Highest League position 17th in Wessex Premier 2014-15
Best FA Vase Performance Second Round 2011-12
Best FA Cup performance First extra preliminary 2013-14