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Southampton a Potted History


Author: Martin Brisland

Southampton has been a major port on the south coast since the Norman Conquest, when it was a significant departure route for trade to Normandy, as well as for invading forces. Its position meant it was also potentially threatened by forces from abroad and extensive defences were built over the centuries, from its medieval walls to Tudor fortifications along the Solent. In the nineteenth century Southampton Docks were developed,  and their strategic importance, as well as sites such as the Supermarine factory, meant the town was heavily targeted during WW2.

Illustrated throughout, this is an accessible historical portrait of Southampton through the ages.

96 pages. Softback, 234 x 164 mm. First published 2023

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