The Stranger Is Always Watching: 36 street photos taken around Southampton

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

It’s been nine years since I last visited Southampton on England’s south coast, but I was playing a gig with my new band last weekend, I took time out to take a stroll around town. Here’s some photos from my walk.

Above: a cyclist passes graffiti with the curious slogan, “The Stranger Is Always Watching.”

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

The imposing west wing of Southampton’s 1930s Civic Centre, dominated by the famous clock tower known locally as ‘Kimber’s Chimney.’

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Sticker.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

This less than inspiring concrete sculpture in Watts (West) Park is by Paul De Monchaux, and it’s called ‘Enclosure’.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Discarded armchair, The Polygon.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Bedford Place is the go-to street if you’re feeling peckish at night. We went looking for the ‘Pride Of India’ only to find it looking very closed indeed.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

We were playing a headline show at the splendid Talking Heads venue. Here’s the support act, Accrington Stanley, in action. They were fine chaps.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Big name, small sign.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Southampton goes big on shiny shopping malls.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Workers take a break.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Down by the docks with the traditional abandoned shopping trolley in the foreground.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Kuti’s Royal Pier, now a Thai restaurant and long-since devoid of its 900 foot pier.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Striking white building facing Bugle Street.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Last time I visited, this was once-grand building was operating as the Harbour House Nightclub and Casino. It’s now gone further downhill, and trades as the Playhouse Gentlemen’s Club.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Mahoosive cruise ship in the dock.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

The lovely frontage of the old Wilts & Dorset Bank, Est 1835. It was taken over by Lloyds Bank in 1914.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Rail crossing.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Up the Saints!

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Street artwork.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Hoglands park.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Busker delivering the full pan pipe experience with associated tacky goods.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Mosaic in park footpath.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

A box full of fire extinguishers.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

The architecturally challenging 1960s concrete tower blocks on Blechynden Terrace, right by the main railway station.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

This store goes to 11.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Delight in this none-more-concrete vista.

36 street photos taken around Southampton, October 2016

Southampton has a particularly ugly station.

Chat about Southampton on the forum.

Archive photos from 2007:

» Southampton snapshots, Photos from the city centre

» Southampton Bargate, Southampton’s landmark gate

» To the docks, Town Quay and the harbour

» Southampton streets, Tudor Merchant’s Hall and House.

» Bargate panorama, 360º view on Above Bar Street.

» Southampton 2 Cardiff City 2, Championship footie, March 2007