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Southamptons City of Vaults

In the Middle Ages Southampton exported wool and imported wine. In the main the wine came from the Gascony region of France and once unloaded in Southampton it had to be stored before being sold or redistributed. Importantly there was a need to store wine for the Royal Household. Each merchant was obliged to give […]

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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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Southampton’s Central Parks

Southampton is unique in that its city centre includes a number of parks which allow residents and visitors to walk through the city along tree lined pathways and green vistas. In 2013 Southampton’s Central Parks were relisted as Grade II, a decision which reflects their national importance. The parks are important historically having roots in […]

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Herbert Collins – Garden City Developer

The houses built by Herbert Collins, a local builder, in Southampton during the 1920s and 1930s are instantly recognisable and highly desirable. The majority demonstrate a simple Georgian style in a landscaped setting consisting of greens and avenues of trees. His work is internationally recognised and at the time of the construction of his estates, […]

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