Southampton, Hampshire Stuff u Don't Get Anywhere
Some accounts by locals..........
There are 2 mad old women who film students in the polygon.
They hide in bushes in their dressing gowns filming into houses,
plaster 'you are being filmed' stickers all over peoples windows and
last year (apparently) they smashed up someones car. Avoid if possible.
there's an organisation called southampton centre for independent living.
mobility impaired web readers might find it useful www.southamptoncil.
demon.co.uk For about half an hour sometime in mid September 2000 Southampton
will have the largest city centre mall in western europe, when the new West Quay retail
We have three memorials to the stricken cruise ship RMS Titanic - a plaque for the
musicians who played on, a larger memorial to the engine crew and a tall monument to
everyone else. There is a plaque on the wall of the Ocean Village complex that says that
the first ever Japanese citizens to leave Japan in the 19th century first set foot at
Southampton docks. Southampton has the world's oldest bowling green - you can find it
next to God's House Tower archaeology museum.
God's House Tower
God's House Tower was built early in the 15th century, to protect the sluice gates which controlled the flow of water into the town moat. It later housed the debtors' prison.
It is now the home of the Southampton Museum of Archaeology.
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-12noon & 1pm-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm
Southampton: Gateway to the World
This is the place where King Canute tried to turn back the waves and where he defeated Ethelred the Unready. It is the port from which Richard the Lionheart set sail for the Crusades, King Henry V and his troops embarked for the Battle of Agincourt, the Pilgrim Fathers set off for America aboard the Mayflower and from which the Titanic departed. It is also the city where the Spitfire was designed, built and flown and from which the Battle of Britain was won. As a consequence it faced relentless attacks from German bombers, during which much of the old city, including my grandparents' house, was burnt to the ground.
It is still the main port in England for ocean-going cruise ships and an annual international boat show is held in the marina. It has several shopping malls, including West Quay, which opened as the biggest city-centre shopping mall in Europe.
Famous residents have included the First World War commander of the British fleet, Admiral Jellicoe, the writer, Jane Austen, the painter, Millais, the film director, Ken Russell and the pop singer, Craig David. Sotonians, as Southampton people are known, are renowned for their sense of humour and two of the country's greatest comedians, Tommy Cooper and Benny Hill were also residents of the city.
Southampton has the world's oldest bowling green and many other fine sports facilities, including St Mary's football stadium and the Rose Bowl cricket stadium, both of which have hosted England international matches. In 1618 King James called Southampton "one of the healthiest towns in the kingdom". It seems that little has changed, as in 2006 it was named "the fittest city in the UK" by Mens Fitness magazine, based on various criteria, including the incidence of heart disease and the level of gym membership.
For the ancestors of millions of Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans, this was their last sight of England. At one time more than half of all people travelling in and out of Britain, passed through the city, earning it the nickname "Gateway to the World".
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