The club house was situated on the west side of Above Bar Street (no. 79) between the junctions with Ogle Road and Manchester Street. It was built in 1885 by local architect W. H. Mitchell in the 'Domestic Gothic' style. The builders were Crook and Sons of York Buildings. The earliest records of the club date back to 1866 when it was known as the Southampton Regatta Club and held its meetings in Quilter’s Public House on the High Street. (N. B. in 1849 Philip Brannon mentions a Southampton Yacht Club in his Picture of Southampton, but this may have been a different organization).

The name was changed to the Southampton Yacht Club, probably in 1875, and it received its royal charter in 1877. The building, which was one of the most distinctive in the town, was demolished in 1957 (see clipping 1 below), and the club moved to a new headquarters in Northlands Road (see clipping 2 below). It is now situated in Ocean Village.

Royal Southampton Yacht Club

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Royal Southampton Yacht Club. Photograph, c.1899


Newspaper clippings:


Further reading:
A Pictorial Peep into the Past, By Arthur L. Smith, p6. (HS/d)


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