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Some WW2 history of Portswood Road, courtesy of Southampton Memories: People and Places

Posted by on Oct 10, 2021 in Local History, News

  Southampton Memories: People and Places Alec Bennett’s, motor-cycle dealer, on Portswood Road after a direct hit during the Blitz in the early 1940s.

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The Daily Echo is asking – Would you like to see the Balloon and Flower Festival / Southampton Show return?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2021 in Local History, News

The Daily Echo is asking if you would like to see the Southampton Show return and is conducting a reader poll (see below). This was a 3-day event held on Southampton Common; the history of which is below. In 1947, the annual Southampton...

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Interesting link of the Dr Barnado ‘Ever Open Door’ to 7, Brookvale Road (courtesy of Jim Dunstan from Southampton History Photos)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2021 in Local History

Jim DunstanSouthampton history photos On August 11th, 1902, Dr Barnardo opened an ‘Ever Open Door’ receiving house at 128 Above Bar, Southampton. … By 1939, the Ever Open Door was located in a house known as Pevensey at 7...

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The Southampton Show in 1975 on Southampton Common! Courtesy of Bevois Mount History.

Posted by on Sep 21, 2021 in Local History

Bevois Mount History Southampton i1s7t SeSppgtemonbenfrrln satur 1r3:adu15  · I recently came across these photos which were taken on the Common as part of the Southampton Show in 1975. They were part of an exhibition of 60 years of feminine art...

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Whose Coronation is Coronation Ave on The Common named after?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2021 in Local History, News

Anyone know? SEE Southampton Coronation Avenue on the Common but whose Coronation?

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A new stone dedicated to the many souls in Southampton Old Cemetery who sadly have no grave markers…..

Posted by on Aug 16, 2021 in Local History, News

Bevois Mount History Southampton A new stone at Southampton Old Cemetery and a lovely gesture by an anonymous member of the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery.

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Some history of Taunton’s College, now the site of The University of Southampton’s Avenue Campus

Posted by on Aug 9, 2021 in Local History

Here is some interesting background and photos about Taunton’s School courtesy of Brian Veck, Southampton History Photos. In 1969, Taunton’s College became a Sixth Form College for boys called Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. It...

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In 1927 the historic Cowherds Inn was owned and run by the ‘People’s Refreshment House Association Ltd (PRHA)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2021 in Local History

“In 1927 the historic Cowherds Inn was owned and run by the ‘People’s Refreshment House Association ltd’ (PRHA)” Get to know more about the historic Cowherds Inn in the 1900s from William Burns of Southampton Sotonians...

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Historical background to Castle Lodge, 324 Portswood Road

Posted by on Aug 4, 2021 in Local History

Some interesting background to Castle Lodge, 324 Portswood Road, from Bevois Mount History. The Lodge is all that remains from Portswood House which was demolished in 1852. Keith WillsherBevois Mount History Southampton Castle Lodge, 324 portswood...

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St Agnes Church which once sat in Portswood Road, by William Burns

Posted by on Aug 4, 2021 in Local History

This is another fascinating, in-depth historical account by William Burns of Southampton Sotonians and Friends, about St Agnes Church which once sat in Portswood Road. William BurnsSouthampton Sotonians and Friends St Agnes Church – Portswood...

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