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Pirates and Southampton

The most well known story involving pirates and Southampton is The French Raid. On Sunday morning, the fourth of October 1338, forty nine ships carrying French, Castillian and Genoese pirates and mercenaries sailed up the River Test. The town only had walls on three sides at the time. The western wall had not yet been […]

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Netley Abbey and Royal Victoria Hospital

When travelling down Southampton Water from Southampton, there are many historical sites that will catch the eye on both the east and western shores. One of the most prominent buildings on the eastern shore is the grey castellated structure of Netley Castle, a fort originally constructed by Henry VIII in 1542 as part of his […]

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