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Southampton in 50 buildings
Author: Garth Groombridge
By taking a sample of fifty buildings, not all of them always so obvious or that well known, this book sets out to chart the town’s thousand-year-plus chronological history. From the medieval era through to its eighteenth-century popularity as a spa, its gradual, but since continuous, expansion as a commercial docks throughout the last 200 years, the dramatic changes to its shoreline and topography, and, by the late twentieth century and into the twenty-first, its transformation into a new, dynamic, bustling city. On the way we discover ancient public houses, historic churches, eccentric monuments, changing fortunes (both commercial and political), dramatic examples of civic and mercantile aspirations, and an eclectic mix of many different, contrasting architectural styles.