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Bevois Valley

Bevois Valley An area of the city that takes its name from the story of Sir Bevois. A published story from 1502 ‘The Romance of Sir Bevois of Hamtun’ tells of Bevois,the son of Guy, Earl of Southampton, being sold by his evil stepmother ending up in Armenia. He escaped and on his way home …

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Blue Anchor Lane

Blue Anchor Lane During the 1300s this ancient lane was known as Wytegod’s Lane after John Wytegod, a wealthy merchant and Mayor. He owned Tudor House and the property to the south side (now known as King John’s Palace) as well as other properties nearby. In the late medieval period the lane was called Lord’s …

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Bargate If you were standing outside the Bargate on 16th January 1434, you would be in the middle of the noise and the bustle of preparations for a great feast. It was to be held in the Guild Hall upstairs in the Bargate, by the guild of merchants. All the details and expenses for this …

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Philip Brannon

Philip Brannon Philip Brannon will always be associated with Southampton for his well known engravings and panoramas of the town as well as for his informative and highly collectable book ” The Picture of Southampton” published in 1850. Philip was born on 27th July, 1817 at Wootton on the Isle of Wight where his father …

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The Bramble Bank

The Bramble Bank The Bramble Bank, otherwise known simply as ‘The Brambles’ is an arrowhead-shaped sandbar in the central Solent which is uncovered at low water spring tides. It presents a significant navigational hazard for shipping in the area. It is marked at its southeastern limit by the Brambles post sea mark and on its …

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