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Woolston and its environs

Just off the beaten track but well worth a visit is a trip to the east side of Southampton, or as others call it – a trip across the Itchen River. Many of our forbearers have made the journey to encounter the delights of Woolston and its environs. Encounter our Roman ancestors on the site […]

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Frank Austen, Commander of the HMS Elephant

Jane Austen’s brother Frank (Sir Francis William Austen 1774-1865), with whom she lived in Southampton from 1806 to 1809, was a Captain (later Admiral of the Fleet) in the Royal Navy. At that time Southampton was home to many naval officers who could live in the comfort of the walled town, much patronised by the […]

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Ghastly, Grim and Gory

Southampton has had quite a blood thirsty past with raids by the Vikings on the old Saxon town of Hamwic and the French and Genoese raids in 1338 which decimated the town destroying a great deal of property and robbing it of much of its wealth and so pushing it into a period of decline […]

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