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Southampton’s Chapel Area


Author: Dave Marden

It is half a century since Southampton’s Chapel area was swept away. A square half mile of tightly packed terrace houses had evolved on barren marshland and timber ponds, to house the workers needed for the docks and railways from the mid-1800s. Most of Chapel disappeared in the 1960s, when the rush for regeneration saw dozens of streets erased from history and their thousands of residents dispersed to estates on the town boundaries.

Virtually nothing of the old district remains, but the memories linger on for those who experienced life there in a close-knit community that grew together for generations.

An established author of several books on railways and local history, Dave Marden now writes about the place where he was born and brought up.

176 pages. Softback, 232 x 154 mm. First published 2017.

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