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What a difference! It looks as though it says 1817 on the old picture….

Posted by on Jul 17, 2022 in Local History, News

Courtesy of SEE Southampton. SEE Southampton The Avenue and the same view today.  

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Cemetery Lodge; used to be the Cemetery Foreman’s house, now private.

Posted by on Jul 13, 2022 in Local History, News

SEE Southampton A Bruce Larner photo of the Common entrance to Southampton Old Cemetery

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Highfield Lane 1946 – the Lowman’s delivery cart.

Posted by on Jul 12, 2022 in Local History, News

Description of exact location below; courtesy of Maz Poole of Southampton History photos. Maz PooleSouthampton history photos Let’s cool off with a snowy photograph of a young lady freezing whilst at work, because you can’t keep the...

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The grade 2 listed building ‘Swiss Cottage’ damaged by the fire in 7Bone Burger Restaurant, Portwood Rd, on 8 July 2022

Posted by on Jul 10, 2022 in Local History, News

A couple of our followers have pointed out that while most of the coverage of the fire at 7Bone Burger Restaurant in Portswood Road on the evening of 8 July 2022 focused naturally, and understandably, on the restaurant, there was also extensive...

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Entrance to the Common c. 1910

Posted by on Jul 7, 2022 in Local History, News

Courtesy of Bevois Mount History Southampton

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The Avenue in the 1800s….

Posted by on Jun 27, 2022 in Local History, News

Courtesy of: Maz PooleSouthampton history photos An unbelievably rural looking Avenue in the 1800s. Source unknown.

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The site of the official gallows on Southampton Common, last used on July 27th 1785 – see below

Posted by on Jun 24, 2022 in Local History, News

Courtesy of: Southampton Memories: People and Places The official gallows in Southampton were located at the northern end of the Common, near the site of the reservoir. The last execution was on July 27th 1785. At his trial on July 9th William...

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The Cowherd’s Inn was erected in 1762……

Posted by on Jun 17, 2022 in Local History, News

The Cowherd’s Inn was erected in 1762, on the site of an earlier building. as a home for the Cowherd – a borough official charged with overseeing the pasturing of the burgess’s cattle on the Common. Here is some interesting...

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Anyone remember the Albany Hotel in Winn Road?

Posted by on Jun 12, 2022 in Local History, News

Courtesy of: Maz PooleSouthampton history photos   The Albany Hotel, Winn Road. The place, at one time for a dinner dance or a lunch date.

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Trams, omnibuses and The Avenue

Posted by on Jun 10, 2022 in Local History, News

This is an interesting piece from William Burns of ‘Southampton Sotonians and Friends’ on Corporation workers removing tram lines from The Avenue in the late 1940s. He says that omnibuses had replaced the antiquated tram system and...

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