Hythe, The Ferry c.1960
Photo ref: H372077
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The 'Hotspur III' was launched at the end of January 1938. It joined 'Hotspur I' and 'Hotspur II' running from Southampton to Hythe every half an hour during the day. They would drop and collect passengers from the pier, where an electric railway connected to the mainland. In July 1952, 50,000 people crammed onto the pier to witness the world's fastest liner and Blue Riband voyage winner, the 'United States', arrive in Southampton.

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My husband and I bought 178 Langdown Road in September 1965, and moved in with 2 boys, Nick and Paul and a 3 day old daughter,Rebecca, she was supposed to be born in our new house, but couldn't wait long enough. It is the second house on the left in the photo. We purchased the house from Mr and Mrs Tovey. We were there on and off for 13 years, and then moved to Dibden Purlieu. Our neighbours were Mr and Mrs ...see more
Hi - does anyone have a copy of the photo taken of the 9 sets of twins at Langdown Infant school from 1961/1962? I’m one half of a set of twins and would love to have a copy. The school is no longer there (now houses). Regards Sue (nee Peckham)
As a young irish lad I worked in matchwood power station in 1965 and I lived in digs in south street next door to the malt and hops pub the landlady name was Margaret a great landlady. There was a big black lady called big rose who used to sing in the anchor and hope. Hythe was a lovely place and I enjoyed living and working all around that area for a about 5 years. Many fond memories.
Seeing this beautiful liner reminds me that my father used to work on both. These ships would cross the Atlantic within 3 miles of each other. He took a photo of the Queen Mary as they were in the height of a severe storm. The bridge of The Mary was under water, the props exposed.