the online A-Z of Southampton's history.

Sketch of Chessel House

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From The Smaller English house of the later Renaissance 1660-1830, by AE Richardson and H Donaldson Eberlein

Find out about Chessel House and the architect John Kent.

News and Events

Southampton's role in the D Day landings and beyond: Hound Local History Society, 25th May 2018, 7.30pm, St Edward's Church Hall, Grange Road, Netley.
Pirates, privateers and a wedge of gold: Bitterne Local History Society, 12th May 2018, 7pm, Bitterne United Reformed Church.
Richard Eurich – A Personal View: Friends of Southampton's Musuems, Archives and Galleries, 13th June 2018, 10:30am, the Dolphin Hotel, High Street.

Bitterne Local History Society is running a local history writing competition.

Recent Publications

West End Local History Society's March to April newsletter includes, among others, an article on West End celebrations for Queen Victoria's coronation, with a link to Harefield House; an article about the builders Garret and Haysom; some details of Jane Austen's letters from Southampton; and a recipe for First World War Trench Cake.

The Theatre of the World is a novel set in Tudor Southampton, by the historian Dr Cheryl Butler.

Bitterne Park Info is tracking the history of Bitterne Triangle.


Links to local history societies and other resources.

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Sotonopedia last updated 03/05/2018.

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