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Memories of Southampton
Above Bar Southampton
We moved to Southampton in early 1950 just after the trams had stopped running - some of the rails were still there. Above Bar along with much of the town had been badly bombed in the war and there were many bomb sites on both sides of the road. Woolworths was a large wooden hut reached by a bridge across a crater. Gradually during the 1950s new buildings sprang up amid the bomb sites until the scene was as in the 1960 picture. The Odeon and building next to it had survived the war but most of the rest was new. Owing to shortages of building materials after the war some of the new buildings were not of the best quality and now 50 plus years later some of their exteriors are already showing their age.
Holes, Hoardings & Hythe Ferry
On returning from the Middle East, my family holed up across the water at Fawley. A big city was very exciting for me and after getting off the Hythe Ferry it was all bomb craters up to about the Dolphin. Above Bar was all hoardings around gigantic holes where obviously bombs had fallen and footings were going down for shops etc. Sports meets and hockey matches up by the Common (such a treasure for a town to have). It took a few years for the town to straighten itself out and I remember Mayes, Edwin Jones and Tyrell & Greens, also C&A. The Hants and Dorset buses at the Civic Centre, long dashes to the ferry if we missed the last bus and the one thing I always loved was the aroma of roasting coffee beans which often pervaded the town. The first coffee bars which opened around the Bargate and High St., and my first taste of spag bol and being so sophisticated eating in a coffee bar and... Read more
William Robert Turner, Supt of Police.
Does anyone have any memories of my grandfather, William Robert Turner, who was supertindent of police in Southampton, also he was police chief when the Bargate was turned into a police station during the war. Any memories? Also my other grandparents, Mabel and Arthur Asher, who lived on Oakley Road, Shirley, does anyone remember them?
Does anyone remember the Scullards Hotel that was owned by Charles Scullard. My Gt.Grandfather Thomas Scrutton was the Manager, together with his eldest daughter Florence who was the Manageress. It was frequented by Sotonians and Sea Farers and it must have been a really jolly place to go. Later it was pulled down and the Odeon Cinema erected but that was also demolished. I think there is another Scullards now built on another site. Any old photographs of Scullards would be good to see if there are any about.
The White Family of 9 Westgate Street.
My family lived at number 9 Westgate street.
Walter and Elizabeth White and their nine children!!!
A couple of the boys apparently built church pews for St Joseph's church, Bugle Street around 1887. One of the boys, Walter, moved to 14 Chandos street, Southampton, and then onto the York Tavern, Middle Street. they had a son Thomas White, who's son Walter went on to eventually took pub on with his wife Elizabeth.
I am doing our family tree together with my Father, Arthur ( SAINSBURY), and photos of Westgate Street prior to the one's on this web page would be of great interest. Likewise, any books that we could obtain re this Street would be great.
Does anyone have any stories/ knowledge of this family here or when they moved onto the York Tavern??
Be lovely to find out more
Saunders / White
Any information on Millbank Street, Northam. The shop was on the corner of Kent Street and Millbank Street no.9, it was a grocery shop and was owned by Alice Saunders (nee Geappen) who was married and widowed very young. My grandfather, Walter White married Alice in 1897 and applied for a beer licence, then able to sell beer as well. In 1900 they moved to the York Tavern (a pub) in Middle Street, Inner Avenue, Southampton. Have you a picture of the shop or pub or any memories of the shop or pub. I have tried for a long time to find that photo of the shop! Can you help? May I say, that I was born in the York Tavern and lived in Middle Street for many years. We were the Sainsbury's at number 44.. thanks for any help..
My grandparents (Reg & Florence 'Flo' Lawrie), lived at 6 High Street, above the old Alliance Assurance offices from the 1930's till late 50's /early 60's. They then retired to Netley. My grandpa worked as a messenger there, and he and my nan were the janitors for the building. My mum Myra, and Auntie Sheila both grew up there. I have very happy childhood memories of Christmases and Easters at No 6. I am 60 now and all the family have gone, but I still visit about once a year - I can't stay away.