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Reginald J Mitchell, born on this day in 1895..

Posted by on May 20, 2021 in Local History, News

The blue plaque is at 2, Russell Place. SEE Southampton 33 m  · On this day, Reginald Joseph Mitchell (1895-1937) was born in Staffordshire. He is best remembered for designing the iconic Supermarine Spitfire. His house in Portswood has a blue...

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1624 – the first recorded mention of a house on the current site of the Cowherds

Posted by on May 15, 2021 in Local History

Quite a history. Bevois Mount History Southampton 2tsSuponso1sghrhed  · This day in 1624 saw the first recorded mention of a house on the current site of the Cowherds.

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Photo of Bevois Mount mural of Stag Gates taken by Ken

Posted by on May 13, 2021 in City of Culture, Local History, News

Photo taken by Ken of the Bevois Mount mural of Stag Gates, on the wall of the Bitter Virtue in Alma Road. Quite a magnificent piece of art and history.

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Prisoners of war in a compound situated near to or where IKEA is now situated

Posted by on May 13, 2021 in City of Culture, Local History

Picture provided by Ken of prisoners of war in a compound situated where or near IKEA is now.

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Definitely a more rustic Highfield!

Posted by on May 8, 2021 in Local History, News

According to a comment from Raylene Poppleton on this Facebook post by See Southampton, “the original was found with several other old paintings and photographs in the sacristy of Highfield Church a few years ago. It’s a very small work. It...

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Some interesting aerial shots of Portswood over the years, courtesy of the Daily Echo

Posted by on May 5, 2021 in Local History, News

Includes The Common with the Cowherds on the edge of Portswood, 2011. Aerial image of Portswood, taken in 1961   Aerial view of Portswood Road taken May 6th, 1950 Portswood Road 1967 Gordon Avenue and Alma Road, Portswood in 2006 dailyecho.co.uk...

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The first horse drawn tram routes in Southampton ran to Portswood

Posted by on May 5, 2021 in Local History

The first horse drawn tram routes in Southampton (circa 1879) ran between the Floating Bridge and The Avenue and via Stag Gates to Portswood. Info courtesy of SEE Southampton. Marie Keates 7ntSponsohreodh  · On 5 May 1879 the Southampton Tramways...

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The post card says ‘Old Portswood….Nr Southampton’!

Posted by on Apr 30, 2021 in Local History

SEE Southampton chdYretsStnpeugrdolanyg aot fthfi11sgor:ae5doc7  · Portswood Road.

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A historical view of Highfield Lane taken from the Portswood end

Posted by on Apr 30, 2021 in Local History

Courtesy of SEE Southampton. SEE Southampton chdYretsStnpeugrdolanyg aot fthfi11sgor:ae5doc5  · Highfield Lane and church.

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The old Highfield Hotel

Posted by on Apr 28, 2021 in Local History

Highfield Hotel was bombed in WW2 and rebuilt set back from road. SEE Southampton YmeSsterday aotSotffSrf 0o6p:oihoanoSsforge4dn7h  · The Highfield Hotel in Highfield Lane.

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