In 1891, Eastleigh became an important railway town when the carriage and wagon works opened next to the railway station. Repair shops and a locomotive works were added later. The railway station had opened in 1841. At that time, there was a brewhouse opposite, on the site of these premises. Built in 1712, it was a thatched building which became known as Ye Olde Home Tavern and then the Home Tavern. It is now The Wagon Works.