Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Mural on Hamtun Street

Something came through to my email box this morning, from the City Council, about a free family event that is going on in the Old Town this coming  Saturday (16th March).

It concerns that Mosiac on the wall of Castle House on Hamtun Road, that charts the history of Southampton from it's early days through to the present day. Although "present day" actually means 1978 as far as the mural is concerned.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

9 Cranbury Terrace

Cranbury Terrace is a wonderful set of buildings, set in a road that I suspect is barely noticed by anyone driving along Onslow Road, or even those who walk down Cranbury Place. In fact, it's an oddity. One side of the road is Cranbury Place, why the other side is Cranbury Terrace.

Anyway, the building I am interested in is 9 Cranbury Terrace, otherwise known as Peacock House. A fine example of a Victorian townhouse, with it's high windows and ceilings, large and heavy front entrances, servants quarters way up top, and kitchens down in the basement. The sort of a townhouse that wouldn't be out of place on an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

It's Been A While

I'm sorry, but it has been a while. In fact almost a year and a little bit. Not that I forgot about the blog - life just got a little busy. So I was thinking, while watching my kids play at St James Park, that I should really get back to writing and see how things go.

The thought was related to the Parish Office on the corner with St James road and Church Street. How long had that been there? Was it always a shop? And if so, for how long? And so it went on, everywhere I went.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Warren Avenue Shopping Parade

We're going to divert from the purpose of this blog for a couple of days. If only to satisfy my desire to research a bit further this parade of ex-shops in Warren Avenue, Shirley Warren (following on from the last entry about the Clock at 139 Warren Avenue).

Looking at the picture, it is hard to imagine that only 40 years ago, each of these properties from 137 to 151 Warren Avenue had a shop front. The picture is taken from Google Maps, taken in 2008 - so it is a little out of date, as the shop front at 141 has been removed.