Hello and welcome to historicsouthampton.co.uk.

My name is Russell Masters and I’m passionate about Southampton and its rich history. I grew up in Netley and as a child I spent many a happy hour exploring the ruins of Netley Abbey or playing in the shadow of the chapel at the Royal Victoria Country Park. I remember family walks around Southampton’s medieval town walls, being taken to the city’s museums, and wanting to go in the ruins of Holyrood Church every time we passed it in the car.

I have, therefore, had interest in local history since childhood and I started the @HistoricalSoton Twitter account in October 2015 as a bit of a hobby. People seem to enjoy the tweets, so I thought I’d branch out and create a website where I could go into a bit more detail with a few blog posts and other things, such as interactive maps.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoy the website.