Southampton Remembers

November the 11th 2016 will mark 98 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front. At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, people will bow their heads and remember the sacrifice of those who, for our tomorrow, gave their today. Throughout time, Southampton has played an important role…

The Wool House

Nearly 2000 years ago, in about 70AD, some Romans decided to settle on the banks of the River Itchen where Bitterne is now, and set up home. They called this place Clausentum and stayed there until the Romans decided to up sticks and leave Britain in about 407AD. A few hundred years later, in the…

Southampton Castle

Southampton has always been an important place (and I’d argue it very much still is), and history has proved time and time again that important places have castles. Southampton was no different. William the Conqueror invaded in 1066 and changed the face of Britain forever. It was William who introduced a particular type of castle…

Frederick Fleet

Frederick Fleet reluctantly entered the public eye in 1912, on the fourth day of the United States Senate Inquiry in to the sinking of the Titanic. He confirmed his name, his place of residence, and his age. He then confirmed that he was a sailor, more specifically, a lookout man. Fred Fleet was the lookout…

South Western House

South Western House has been an unmistakable Southampton landmark since it opened as a grand hotel in 1897. At this time, it was called the Imperial Hotel, but the original developer quickly went bankrupt and so the London and South Western Railway purchased the property and applied the finishing touches, before changing its name to…

The 1338 Raid

The Southampton we all know today is a bustling port and nearly 700 years ago this was no different. The import and export of goods made the town one of England’s prime ports, but it also made it a target as the people of Southampton found out on the morning of the 4th of October…

Holyrood Church

On the night of the 30th of November 1940, Southampton felt the full force of the Nazi war machine, as the Luftwaffe dropped 800 high explosive bombs and 9000 incendiary bombs on the town centre. Holyrood Church, which stood on the corner where Bernard Street met the High Street, was one of approximately 500 buildings…