A day trip to Southampton, revisiting fondly remembered places.
The Hythe ferry runs between Southampton and Hythe. In these difficult times the ferry owner is appealing for financial support to enable the service to survive.
The service is used by commuters but also by visitors looking to enjoy a wonderful, short, boat trip from the port of Southampton. And when the ferry arrives at Hythe a rickety old train awaits those who choose not to walk the length of the long pier to Hythe Village. It’s a terrific experience for any visitor to Southampton.
You can go to the appeal support page by clicking here.
I was brought up in St Denys, an area of Southampton. After the Second World War prefabs were constructed that would become my home for over a decade. Sometime after 1976 the prefabs were demolished, as was the adjacent paint factory, and modern houses were built. The following 4 maps show how the area has changed.
All maps are screen-shots taken from http://www.old-maps.co.uk
The Bargate is a Grade I listed medieval gatehouse in the city centre of Southampton, England. Constructed in Norman times as part of the Southampton town walls, it was the main gateway to the city. The building is a scheduled monument, which has served as a temporary exhibition and event space for Southampton Solent University since 2012. [Wikipedia]
The big wheel (circa 2017), which wrecks the view of the Bargate (circa 1180), will disappear at the end of October.
The Hythe Ferry runs from Southampton, across Southampton Water, to the small village of Hythe. The future of the ferry, which was under threat, has recently been secured. Although Hythe village is not particularly interesting, it’s worth doing the return trip, not only because a boat trip is always interesting, but also because at Hythe the ferry docks at the end of a 640 metre pier dating from 1870, and where you can catch the most rickety of trains, dating from the 1920s, to take you to the village. All the images taken on my trip today can be clicked for larger pictures.