Southampton and the King of Siam

Southampton and the King of Siam

The year was 1897 and the King of Siam had decided to embark 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…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 →
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