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Southampton’s High Street

This 90 minute walk on level ground is about half a mile in length and commences at the iconic Bargate.
The purpose of the walk is to explain, describe and explore the history of the buildings in what was at one time known as English Street but is known today as the High Street.
This walk visits locations associated with Southampton’s spa period and its coaching inns as well as three of the five churches built within the old walled town.
The opportunity is also taken to visit two of the City’s famous wine vaults not normally open to the public.
Many other buildings are described and the City’s maritime history explored in the ruins of Holyrood church.
Southampton will forever be associated with the Titanic and various sites associated with the ship and her crew are also seen.
At the bottom of the high Street the remains of the Watergate and Canute’s Palace are visited and the opportunity is taken to learn about pilgrims and the Huguenots at The French Church in Winkle Street.
The remains of the Friary, home to the Franciscans, are described as is Gods House Tower and the Salt Marsh Gate in Winkle Street.
The walk ends at what is reputed to be the oldest bowling green in the world.

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