The Cliff Hotel, which was situated on the south side of the Floating Bridge Hard in Woolston, dated back to at least 1839, in which year an article praising the situation and facilities of the hotel appeared in the Hampshire Advertiser. In those days it was also known as Jackman’s Hotel, after an early landlord named Isaac Jackman. The hotel was the headquarters of the St Mary’s F.C., forerunners of Southampton FC, in the 1890s and the home of the Southampton Rhythm Club in the 1950s. It was closed for business in the 1980s and later converted into apartments.

A contributor has been in touch to let us know that many groups played at the Cliff Hotel, including The High Numbers, an early version of The Who. It looks as if this might have been in 1964.

Cliff Hotel

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Photograph, 2003


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