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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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Bombing of the Spitfire Factory in Woolston

Did you know that during the bombing of the Spitfire Factory in Woolston cialis generique pour femme generic levitra on 26TH September 1940 a Polish Squadron intercepted the raiders and claimed three victories! That afternoon 67 Luftwaffe aircraft, HE 111’s, JU88’s and single engine ME 109 fighter escorts, assembled over Brittany and headed for Southampton […]

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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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Battle over Southampton

The only Battle of Britain or World War II Fighter Pilot VC was won by Flight https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/generique-viagra-cialis/ Lieutenant (later Wing Commander) Eric Nicolson over Southampton Water on 16TH August 1940. One can do no better than repeat the Citation: “Air Ministry, 15 November 1940. The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Victoria Cross […]

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Music and Entertainment

As a major port from the Roman invasion onward and subsequently being labelled “the Gateway to the World”, cosmopolitan Southampton has undoubtedly had its fair share of music, dancing, theatre and entertainments over the years. There is no hard evidence that Shakespeare came to Southampton but an actors’ company (Lord Strange’s Players) of which he […]

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Eating and drinking in Southampton

Around Bugle Street and Simnel Street you can find the Undercroft vault, Tudor House and Westgate Hall. “Bugle” and “Simnel” denote food. “Bugle” from the Latin buculus, meaning “ox”, and Simnel, from Simnel flour used to make Simnel cake, which is eaten at Easter time. These street names indicate where the butchers and bakers lived […]

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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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Titanic Leaving Southampton

Thoughts on the Titanic

The Titanic and her ill-fated maiden voyage have captured the imagination of people all around the world. Many books have been written and films made about the largest and most luxurious passenger ship of 1912. Modern cruise ships are much larger and some can carry more than 5,000 passengers. They are floating cities that offer […]

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Cricket in Southampton

Hampshire as a County team was formed in 1863 and first played at the Antelope Ground in Southampton where it stayed until 1885, before moving to the County Ground in Northlands Road. Hampshire’s home matches are now played at the Ageas Bowl (formerly the Rose Bowl) on the outskirts of Southampton at West End, a […]

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Southampton Docks

In 1835, the Southampton Dock Company was formed. Engineer Francis Giles was asked by London and local businessmen to undertake a survey of the “Western Mudlands” for the purposes of constructing deep-water berths. On 19th May 1836 the King gave Royal Assent to “An Act for making and maintaining a Dock or Docks at Southampton”. […]

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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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The New Forest

The New Forest is a National Park that covers approximately 150 square miles, and lies in the county of Hampshire. It was created as a royal hunting ground by William the Conqueror (William I) at the end of the eleventh century (c.1079), at the cost of the local population that included 36 Parishes. The area […]

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TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT Southampton’s Churches

TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT Southampton’s Churches Discover the location of the earliest church in town Hear the story of the fish market and the church Encounter the first post reformation church in the country Locate the five churches of the medieval town Find out what the “Jacks” get up to Learn which Victorian celebrity […]

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A walk on water aboard Steamship Shieldhall

SS Shieldhall

SS Shieldhall is a heritage cargo/passenger steamship based at Southampton’s Eastern Docks. Considered to be the oldest steamship of her type in Europe, Shiedhall is now included in the National Historic Fleet. Launched on the Clyde in 1955, her original role was to transport treated sewage or sludge down the River Clyde to the dumping […]

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Southampton Common and Cemetery

Southampton Common covers over 300 acres and today is well used for many leisure activities. Originally it was the town’s common land and animals were pastured there. This is recalled in the name of the popular Cowherds pub, built near the site of the Cowherdsman’s hut. Animals were kept in by earth banks some of […]

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Southampton and the “Liquid Bread”

Beer has been enjoyed for a very long time in Southampton! At the Gateway exhibition in the SeaCity Museum as part of a display on the Iron Age you can see some charred barley grains from a pit excavation near Regent’s Park. Malted barley grains are normally used for brewing. This shows that some kind […]

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History can be fun around Southampton

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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