Map reveals most searched for local celebrities

A DJ, a soap actor and a 17th Century witchfinder are all associated with places in Eastleigh

A Judge who took part in the Salem Witch Trials, an Australian soap star and a radio and TV presenter are former Eastleigh residents who are the most searched for people from the Borough on Wikipedia.

Data journalists Russell Goldenberg and Matt Daniels have used the Wikipedia API to create and interactive map of the UK in which place names have been replaced by the names of people they are most associated with by Wikipedia users.

TV and Radio Presenter Scott Mills represents Eastleigh – the DJ was born in the town and attended Shakespeare Road Infants and Crestwood Community School while Chandler’s Ford is represented by Australian actor Tom Oliver.

Oliver was born in the village in 1938 and settled in Australia in aged 81 and retired from acting. He is best known to British audiences for his role as Lou Carpenter in the long-running TV soap Neighbours.

Bishopstoke’s claim to fame is as the birthplace of Samuel Sewall in 1652.

Sewall’s parents emigrated to Colonial America in 1666 and he attended Harvard before joining the judiciary. He was one of nine magistrates appointed to the notorious Salem Witch Trials in 1692 in which 20 innocent people were executed for witchcraft. Sewall’s diary is not only a valuable record of the trials but also records his later regret at having participated in them.

Although Sewall was caught up in the mass hysteria surrounding witchcraft, he was an early advocate for the abolition of slavery.

Other local celebrity associations include Romsey with Charlie Dimmock, Winchester with Colin Firth, Bishops Waltham with Amanda Holden and Southampton with Benny Hill.