Guest Post: Immigrants in Later Medieval Southampton

Controversies over immigration have dominated news headlines in Britain in recent years, prompting commentators to look to the past to contextualise the issues of the present. In literature exploring the history of immigration, it is not uncommon to encounter the arrival of hundreds of West Indian immigrants aboard the SS…continue reading →
Southampton’s Blackout

Southampton’s Blackout

The word 'Blitz' immediately conjures images of air raids and destruction, but whilst the RAF battled in the air to keep Britain safe, ordinary members of the public fought their own war on the ground. The word 'Blitz' has become synonymous with Britain's war and alongside this, another word became…continue reading →
Sir Bevis of Hampton

Sir Bevis of Hampton

The legend of Sir Bevis of Hampton is an old tale but despite its age, its legacy remains all around us. Whether the hero of our story's name is spelt Bevis, Beves, Bevois, Beve, Bueve, Beavis, Boeve, Buovo, or Bovo, the legend is, according to expert Jennifer Fellows, 'arguably one…continue reading →
The Duke of Wellington and the Red Lion

The Duke of Wellington and the Red Lion

The Duke of Wellington on Bugle Street and the Red Lion on Southampton High Street are two of Southampton's most recognisable pubs, but they always seem to cause the same old debate. Which pub is older? Many argue that the Red Lion is the older of the two because King…continue reading →
Tom Freemantle Perry

Tom Freemantle Perry

A while ago I put together a thread on Twitter that explored the remarkable life of Tom Freemantle Perry, a Southampton boy who fought with the ANZACs during the First World War. I first stumbled across Tom by chance when I encountered a newspaper article about him and as I…continue reading →
Southampton Old Town Walk

Southampton Old Town Walk

I recently took some family members on a 'guided tour' of Southampton's Old Town. They seemed to enjoy it and it turned out to be a lovely walk that took in some of Southampton's most historic sites. In this post I am going to attempt to take you on a…continue reading →
In Jane Austen’s Footsteps

In Jane Austen’s Footsteps

Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, in 1775. She moved to Bath with her family in 1801, but the sudden death of her father in 1805 left Jane, her sister, and her mother, in a precarious financial position. The three women arrived in Southampton in 1806 and they moved…continue reading →
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 →
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