Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Taken during a chilly weekend in mid-March, here’s a selection of photos taken around the centre of Southampton. 

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

I was back in Southampton to play at the Talking Heads venue.

It was sunny when I arrived but the last breath of the Siberian ‘Beast From The East‘ was forecast to arrive the next day.

Soundchecking at the venue.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

After the show we repaired to Southampton’s late night metal pub, Firehouse.

It was a friendly kind of place but the decor was a strangely Wetherspoons-like.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

I liked the graffiti inside the men’s loo!

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

What a great name!

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Balls indeed.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

The next day – which was bloody freezing – I took a stroll around town before catching the train up to Bristol for the next show.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Watts Park.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

A fine chalky penis.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Pavement mosaics.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Peace fountain.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Sadly, there was ne’er a drop of water to be seen in the fountain.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

The heavily weathered Richard Andrews Memorial in East Park (Andrews Park).

The text on the plaque on his statue reads:

Born the son of a wheelwright at Bishop’s Sutton, Hampshire he became a coachbuilder of international fame. His manufactory in above Bar was one of the town’s leading industries. Five times Mayor of Southampton he was known for his generosity and energy in furthering the prosperity of the town. A good employer, he devoted himself wholeheartedly to promoting the self-reliance of the working man. This statue was erected in 1860 and the pedestal reconstructed in 1971.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Mountbatten library.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Bandstand.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Hoglands Park.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Formerly the Imperial Hotel, the South Western Hotel stands next to the former Southampton Terminus railway station.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

The old Wilts & Dorset Bank which was taken over by Lloyds Bank in 1914.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

The railway line to Southampton Eastern Docks crosses Canute Road.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

View towards the docks.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

The former Royal Pier.

The pier in the 1950s before closure and the inevitable fire.

Southampton photos: parks, architecture, level crossing and late winter snow, March 2018

Heading off to Bristol in the snow.

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