The Y.M.C.A. in Southampton dates back to 1880 when the first hostel opened in Ogle Road. After World War I, Cranbury Villa, an early 19th century residential building in Cranbury Terrace, was acquired and converted into a hostel, with the addition of two new wings. The conversion was carried out by architect Herbert Collins, and was completed by 1927. The original building was virtually destroyed during the Blitz (image 2) , although some original features survived. The hostel was closed down in 1947 and rebuilt in the 1950s. It was re-opened by the Duke of Wellington in 1954. It is now (2017) known as George Williams House, Cranbury Place

1. YMCA, Cranbury Place

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Photograph, c.1927

2. Cranbury Villa (YMCA), Cranbury Place

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The house after damage by bombing. Photograph, 1941

3. George Williams House, Cranbury Place

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Photograph, c.2000


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