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‘A walk up the Avenue: Southampton’s Ornament’ by Ally Hayes and Wendy Stokes

This is a fascinating book focusing on the wealth of rich history that forms The Avenue, this huge artery that meanders into town from Chilworth roundabout and forms one of the most attractive approaches to our City.

The story starts in reverse at the top of London Road with what is still known as the Ordnance Survey, although it is now the site of Southampton Crown Court. The walk takes in Asylum Green and Padwell Pond, the Ransom Fountain, Little Mongers Park, Archers Lodge, the Milestones, The Friends Burial Ground, the majestic and once grand town houses of lower Avenue, Stag Gates, Common Gates, the Bevois Mount Mural, Avenue St Andrews Church, and much, much more. It takes us all the way to Court Leet and the Carriage Drive of Southampton Common and through the Underpass from the Little Common.

It is a journey full of historical adventure from two historians who clearly know their brief; the researched detail is amazing. This is the Avenue as you have never known it.

The book is spiral bound for ease of reading, attractively glossy, jam packed with photos and illustrations on every page with short chapters with bold headings to spark your interest.

If you are looking for a Christmas present, you might well have found it. At £12, it is available from October Books and also from the authors, who will deliver, if it is not too far from Portswood! (message them on Facebook at Bevois Mount History: https://www.facebook.com/bevoismounthistory

by Nadine Johnson, HRA Digital Communications