Towards the Town Quay and the docks and harbour
Report and photos © urban75, March 2007
One of Southampton's oldest and finest coaching inns, The Star Hotel was popular with royalty in the early 1800's and its Victoria room commemorates the 1831 visit by Princess Victoria.
The historic Dolphin hotel nearby, a 3 star property on the High Street dating back to the 13th century.
Visitors have included Lord Nelson, Queen Victoria, Thackery and Jane Austen.
Small shops around the back of the Dolphin hotel. There was supposed to be an arts cafe here somewhere, but I was buggered if I could find it.
Unceremoniously flattened by enemy bombing during the night of the 30th November 1940, the roofless remains of Holyrood Church now serve as a memorial to seamen of the merchant navy who lost their lives.
A couple canoodle by the remains of the church tower.
An old anchor and plaque serve as a 'memorial and garden of rest'.
The clock in the tower of Holyrood Church still works and features little figures with a bell.
Looking up the tower, there's a plaque celebrating 'Charles Dibdin' (1745-1814) who was a, 'native of Southampton, poet, dramatist and composer, author of Tom Bowling, Poor Jack and other sea songs.'
Shiny new 'luxury flats' and springing up near the harbour.
Looking out to sea from near the Town Quay.
View of Town Quay showing a selection of historic buildings from different periods.
The Grade II listed white building in the centre used to be known as Seaway House but is now used by La Regata Tapas Bar.
Harbour House Nightclub and Casino on Town Quay.
View by Town Quay.
Hanging by the harbour.
Cranes on the Southampton docks.
Although much reduced from its heyday in the first half of the 20th century, Southampton still remain san important port, handling cruise ship and container port traffic.
Curious smoking domed construction by the docks side.
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