Here’s another little series of blog posts. Something to keep you all going, and so that Vegas seems so much more exciting when I start blogging about that!
1) Southampton is the largest city in (ceremonial) Hampshire
2) Supposedly the Black Death reached England via merchant vessels coming to Southampton
3) In 1338 Charles Grimaldi sacked Southampton with French, Genoese and Monegasque fleets, and then used his plunder to found the principality of Monaco
4) The pilgrim fathers (of Mayflower fame) set sail from Southampton in 1620
5) The Titanic set sail from Southampton in 1912 and four fifths of the crew were from Southampton
6) Southampton is twinned with Le Harve (France), Rems-Murr-Kreis (Germany), Kalisz (Poland), Trieste (Italy), Hampton (Virginia, USA), Quingdao (China) and Busan (South Korea). I’ve actually heard of some of those.
7) The headquarters of Ordnance Survey are there
8) Southampton has the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls in England
9) The world’s oldest surviving bowling green is Southampton Old Bowling Green, which was first used in 1299
10) Notable people from Southampton include: Craig David, Chris Packham and Matt Cardle
11) Southampton was the first town in Britain to try out fish fingers… way back in 1955
12) Southampton was the first local authority in the country to refer to its offices and town hall as a civic centre
13) Henri Portal, a Huguenot refugee, escaped to Southampton from France and in 1724, in Hampshire, founded Portals, the company that was granted leave to produce paper for Bank of England notes
14) Southampton’s Cenotaph is the ‘model’ for the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. Sir Edwin Lutyens took his design for Southampton, simplified it and it became accepted as the design for London.
15) The best person in the world was born and raised there. Me!!