Postcards from the Blitz

Postcards from the Blitz

Ronald Sidney Hunt was born in Witham, Essex, on 22 November 1902. By 1911, he was living with his parents, Sidney Frank and Florence Emily, at 5 Queen Street in Godalming, Surrey, where his father was a cabinet maker. His parents would later operate a newsagent's and picture framing service…continue reading →
The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech

The Southern Railway company began construction on Southampton's new Western Docks in 1927. Around four hundred acres of land was reclaimed and an entirely new quay was created. This quay was nearly two miles long and it meant that the new docks could accommodate the world's largest liners. It secured…continue reading →
The Saints Skipper’s Saturday Night Scrap

The Saints Skipper’s Saturday Night Scrap

John 'Jack' Farrell joined Southampton St Mary's Football Club from First Division Stoke in May 1895 and he made his Southern League debut in a 1-0 loss to Millwall on the opening day of the 1895/96 season. From that day forward Jack Farrell cemented himself as an important part of…continue reading →
Waterloo

Waterloo

On 18 June 1815 a battle was raging in present-day Belgium. At Mont-Saint-Jean, some fifteen miles south of Brussels, Napoleon Bonaparte's French army came up against a coalition under the command of Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. Napoleon had escaped from exile on Elba one hundred and twelve…continue reading →
The Battle of Cobden Bridge

The Battle of Cobden Bridge

Cobden Bridge was originally built by the National Liberal Land Company and it was opened to the public in 1883. The company, who had just constructed the brand new Bitterne Park housing estate nearby, named the bridge after Richard Cobden, a liberal politician who had died in 1865. Connecting at…continue reading →
Southampton and the King of Siam

Southampton and the King of Siam

In 1897 the King of Siam embarked upon a tour of Europe. He was the first Siamese monarch to do so, and it came just four years after the Franco-Siamese War in which his kingdom had to cede land to the French empire. It is generally considered that one of…continue reading →
The Dell

The Dell

Southampton Football Club formed as the St Mary's Young Men's Association in 1885 and the team played their first game on 21 November 1885, beating local rivals Freemantle 5-1. This game was played on land in Northlands Road, but this was not to be the club's permanent home. Between then…continue reading →
The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the highest award of the honours system and it was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856 in order to honour heroes of the Crimean War. Since then it has been awarded to over 1,300 individuals. One of the earliest recipients of the Victoria Cross was George…continue reading →

The 1837 Fire

It was Tuesday 7 November 1837. At about ten past eleven on that clear November night John Wren was getting ready for bed in his home on the corner of Gloucester Square and Southampton High Street. A window was open in an upstairs room and Wren thought he could smell…continue reading →