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More historical info from Bevois Mount History on who is buried in Southampton Old Cemetery

Posted by on Jul 21, 2021 in Local History

Bevois Mount History Southampton Many former mayors of Southampton are buried in the Old Cemetery. This is the grave of Hector Young and his wife. He was mayor in 1929, a local J.P. and Freeman of the City of London – I wonder what he did to...

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Interesting historical suggestions from SEE Southampton regarding the origins of the gateposts leading to Portswood Residents’ Gardens.

Posted by on Jun 29, 2021 in Local History, News

SEE Southampton These gateposts are at the Abbots Way entrance to the private gardens. I was once told that they came from Ogle House in the Above Bar but they do not match. I recently read in the Hampshire Field Club’s article on the Country...

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The Gallows, Southampton Common

Posted by on Jun 24, 2021 in Local History, News

Inspired by the Bevois Mount History walk on Southampton Common yesterday, SEE Southampton has posted a historical account of the gallows in Southampton, originally written in The Echo. According to the article, the Ordnance Survey map of South...

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From the Hartley Institute to the University of Southampton

Posted by on Jun 18, 2021 in Local History

SEE Southampton This house (Picture 1) belonged to Henry Robinson Hartley, (1777-1850), a wealthy eccentric who was raised in Southampton and maintained an affection for the town. Hartley left money in his will for the establishment of a cultural...

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A Lucy Box near Highfield Road! See details below from Bevois Mount History!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2021 in Local History, News

Bevois Mount History Southampton This Lucy box is close to the junction of Highfield Road and the Avenue and would have been installed in 1903 when the tram extension to Highfield Road became operational.

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SEE Southampton and Soton Echo: on 14 June 2005, Southampton born writer and Portswood/Abbotts Way resident, Norman James Crisp, died aged 81. Remember his BBC TV Series?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2021 in Local History, News

He was the writer behind such BBC TV series in the 1960s and 70s as Compact, R3, Dixon of Dock Green, Dr Finlay’s Casebook, The Expert, The Brothers, Colditz and Secret Army. Didn’t realise he had been a resident of Portswood – in fact,...

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The Albany Hotel which used to be in Winn Road

Posted by on Jun 11, 2021 in Local History

Used to be in Winn Road… Bevois Mount History Southampton The Albany Hotel opened in 1925 as the Stafford House Hotel.

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Some local Highfield history about R J Mitchell who died of cancer on this day in 1937.

Posted by on Jun 11, 2021 in Local History, News

SEE Southampton RJ Mitchell died of cancer on this day in 1937. His Spitfire plane first flew from Eastleigh in March 1936. His house in Russell Place, Highfield has a blue plaque on it. The film The First of the Few (1942) saw Mitchell being...

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Photo showing the opening of the Highfield campus in 1919

Posted by on Jun 4, 2021 in Local History, News

It is, or was, in the window of Building 40 – West Building (which includes the Old Refectory and part of the Students’ Union). SEE Southampton This photograph is in a window at the University and shows the opening of the Highfield...

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