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Some interesting information about Southampton Common

Southampton Common is the largest of Southampton’s open spaces at 365 acres, with the first written record dating back to 1228 although it is possible that the area’s status as a common, dates back to the town of Hamwic around 500AD.
More background info on The Common below!
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#FridayFact Did you know that Southampton Common was used as a temporary camp for soldiers passing through on their way to fight in Europe in both World Wars?
Southampton Common is the largest of Southampton’s open spaces at 365 acres, with the first written record dating back to 1228 although it is possible that the area’s status as a common, dates back to the town of Hamwic around 500AD.
The common has been used for grazing cattle owned by locals (hence the name of the Cowherds pub), the Hill Lane Cemetery, the site of a racecourse, childrens’ play areas and in both World Wars substantial sections of ‘The Common’ were used as transit camps for troops mustering or gathering before embarking on troop ships.
The Avenue would have seen thousands if not hundreds of thousands of troops marching down it most to camp on the Common, photographs from World War I and II show a sea of tents and temporary structures housing these men.