Southampton History – A to Z

Our aim is to jointly compile the most concise A – Z of Southampton – all you ever wanted to know about Southampton but were too frightened to ask!

Air Raids

Air Raids Being the home of the Spitfire, Southampton was ...

Arcades

Arcades Following the French Raid of 1338 the strengthening of ...

Artesian Well

Artesian Well As Southampton grew in the 19th century there ...

Bargate

Bargate If you were standing outside the Bargate on 16th ...

Bevois Valley

Bevois Valley An area of the city that takes its ...

Blue Anchor Lane

Blue Anchor Lane During the 1300s this ancient lane was ...

Boundary Stones

Boundary Stones The Burgesses controlled an area enclosed by Hill ...

Cannibalism (Richard Parker)

Cannibalism (Richard Parker) In 1884 the ship Mignonette was fitted ...

Castle Vault

Castle Vault Southampton owns the largest number of purpose built ...

Charles Dibden

Charles Dibden Born in 1745 and baptised in Holy Rood, ...

Christopher Cockerell

Christopher Cockerell Sir Christopher Cockerell (1910-1999), the inventor of the ...

Clock Tower

Clock Tower This originally stood at the junction of Above ...

Cross House

Cross House Before the Itchen Bridge opened in June 1977 ...

Disease

Disease Southampton’s leprosy hospital dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene (said ...

Dock Strike of 1890

Dock Strike of 1890 In September 1890 dock workers in ...

Dolphin Hotel

Dolphin Hotel The original building dates from the early 1400’s ...

Edward the Black Prince

Edward the Black Prince Edward was the son of Edward ...

Empire Flying Boats

Empire Flying Boats In 1923 the British Marine Air Navigation ...

English Street

English Street Following the Norman Conquest of 1066 the town ...

Football – The Saints

Football – The Saints Southampton F.C. can trace their roots ...

French Raid

French Raid In 1337 the Hundred Years War with France ...

Friary

Friary In about 1224 a group of Friars Minor who ...

Gas Column

Gas Column In 1819 a gas company was founded in ...

General Shrapnel

General Shrapnel Major General Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842) died at Pear ...

George Thomas

George Thomas – The man who built The Dell On ...

Gordon of Khartoum

Gordon of Khartoum General Gordon was born in London. He ...

Hamwih / Hamwic / Hamtun / Hamwith / Hamtune

Hamwih / Hamwic / Hamtun / Hamwith / Hamtune All ...

Henri De Portal

Henri De Portal After reading this entry, every time you ...

Henry Yevele

Henry Yevele Henry Yevele was a master stone mason and ...

Herbert Collins

Herbert Collins Herbert Collins (1885-1975) designed houses in Southampton from ...

Holyrood Church

Holyrood Church The Holyrood church was badly bombed in 1940 ...

Imposter – Chevalier D’Eon

Imposter – Chevalier D’Eon In 1796 at the height of ...

Invasion – D Day

Invasion – D Day Southampton had a vital role in ...

Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts Isaac Watts was born in Southampton to a ...

Italians

Italians English wool was in great demand in Europe by ...

Jack’s Corner

Jack’s Corner This children’s play area at the corner of ...

Jane Austen

Jane Austen Jane Austen was an English novelist whose books, ...

Jesus Chapel – Pear Tree

Jesus Chapel – Pear Tree St. Mary’s Church once served ...

John Jellicoe

John Jellicoe John Jellicoe was born in Southampton in 1859 ...

King George V Graving Dock

King George V Graving Dock King George V Graving Dock, ...

King John’s Palace

King John’s Palace The house is called King John’s Palace ...

La Sainte Union

La Sainte Union After the French revolution Catholic education was ...

Lammas Lands

Lammas Lands Our central parks (Watts, Andrews, Houndwell, Hoglands, Palmerston ...

Long House

Long House In Porters Lane, situated near the Town Quay, ...

lucia Foster Welch

lucia Foster Welch Lucia Foster Welch was born in Liverpool ...

Matt Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier Matt Le Tissier was born in Guernsey ...

Mayflower

Mayflower There is a great deal of controversy concerning the ...

Northam Bridge

Northam Bridge In 1796, David Lance held a meeting to ...

Old Bonded Warehouse

Old Bonded Warehouse The Old Bonded Warehouse was outside the ...

Old Cemetery

Old Cemetery In 1843 an Act of Parliament was passed ...

Old Farm House

Old Farm House Until, the 1850’s the Old Farm House ...

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey The link between the Ordnance Survey and Southampton ...

Palmerston Park

Palmerston Park Viscount Palmerston was born at Broadlands, Romsey in ...

Philip Brannon

Philip Brannon Philip Brannon will always be associated with Southampton ...

Polymond Tower

Polymond Tower This largely hidden tower in the north east ...

Quaker Cemetery

Quaker Cemetery The Society of Friends was formed by George ...

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria As a young Princess, Victoria stayed at the ...

R. J. Mitchell

R. J. Mitchell R.J. Mitchell was born in Stoke-on -Trent ...

Railway Terminus Station

Railway Terminus Station Stagecoach travel was very popular in the ...

Richard Andrews

Richard Andrews Richard Andrews has been called Southampton’s Dick Whittington. ...

Richard Lyster

Richard Lyster Sir Richard Lyster was Judge and the Lord ...

RMS Carpathia

RMS Carpathia The RMS Carpathia was a steamship built in ...

Romans

Romans In A.D. 43 the Emperor Claudius set out to ...

Rosas

Rosas General Rosas was born in Buenos Aires in 1793. ...

Sidney Guy Kimber

Sidney Guy Kimber Sidney Guy Kimber was born in Southampton ...

South Western Hotel

South Western Hotel The railway arrived in 1840 and the ...

South Western House

South Western House The railway arrived in Southampton in 1840 ...

Southampton Castle

Southampton Castle Only very little remains visible of the once ...

St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church Southampton’s Mother church, St Mary’s (the original ...

Star Hotel

The Star Hotel The Star Hotel is built on medieval ...

Stella Memorial

Stella Memorial The Stella Memorial was erected at the Western ...

Stoneham Church (one hand clock)

Stoneham Church (one hand clock) Stoneham Church (one hand clock) ...

The Bramble Bank

The Bramble Bank The Bramble Bank, otherwise known simply as ...

The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington The Duke of Wellington pub in ...

The Red Lion

The Red Lion The Red Lion pub started life as ...

The Weigh House

The Weigh House The Weigh House was built in French ...

Tides

Tides Southampton has a famous “double tide” with each tide ...

Titanic

RMS Titanic RMS Titanic and her ill-fated maiden voyage have ...

Tudor House

Tudor House This is one of Southampton’s major museums. Built ...

Undercroft

Undercroft Southampton has many medieval undercroft or wine vaults. Estimates ...

Vikings

Vikings Viking raids on Southampton during the 8th and 9th ...

Voltaire

Voltaire As a young man the French writer François-Marie Arouet, ...

Walter Taylor

Walter Taylor Southampton’s Walter Taylor (1734–1803) famously supplied wooden rigging ...

Warrior War Horse

Warrior War Horse Horses returning from WW1 were sold off. ...

Water Supply

Water Supply A group of Franciscan Friars arrived in Southampton ...

Watergate

Watergate The Watergate was built by 1377, after the French ...

William Cantelo

William Cantelo A real Victorian mystery! William Cantelo (born 1839) ...

William Soper

William Soper William Soper was born in c 1390 and ...

Wool House

The Wool House In the Middle Ages Southampton was already ...

Workhouse

Workhouse Southampton’s first workhouse was “a house of twelve rooms ...

X Marks the spot – outside Holyrood

X Marks the spot – outside Holyrood Outside Holyrood Church ...

Yacht Clubs

Yacht Clubs Southampton Yacht Club was formed in 1839, it ...

Zodiac

Zodiac The Eastern Docks foundation stone was laid on the ...

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