Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Old Southampton revealed

Arundel Tower, Town Walls, Western Esplanade / Bargate Street, Southampton. 1900s.

A total mystery when I first unearthed it, this photo is filled with detail (see enlarged sections below); A man struggling with a hand cart, a girl playing on top of a wall, children peering in a window. An eagle eyed Flickr user in Australia was able to decipher the road sign on the wall 'Western Esplanade', thus enabling identification. This is the 'Arundel Tower', part of Southampton's medieval town walls. Nestled inside is a pub which Kelly's directory tells us was also called 'the Arundel tower'. Wartime bombing has erased much of this scene though the tower, minus the pub, still stands on the edge of a new shopping mall.

Southampton cart

Southampton window

Southampton girls


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