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Southampton: A Potted History Martin Brisland

Southampton: A Potted History By Martin Brisland

Southampton: A Potted History by Martin Brisland

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An accessible history of Southampton from its beginnings to the present day highlighting the city's significant events and people.

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Southampton: A Potted History by Martin Brisland

Southampton has been a major port on the south coast of England 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 the strategic importance of the city, as well as vital manufacturing sites such as the Supermarine Spitfire factory, meant that Southampton was heavily targeted by German aerial bombardment during the Second World War with heavy destruction of life and buildings. Today Southampton is a major commercial centre and has attracted new industries. Illustrated throughout, this accessible historical portrait of the transformation that Southampton has undergone through the ages will be of great interest to residents, visitors and all those with links to the city.

About Martin Brisland

Martin Brisland is a local historian and tour guide based in Southampton. He has historical family connections with Romsey and spent much of his formative years in and around the town. Martin has written many local books for Amberley Publishing, including Secret Southampton, A-Z of Southampton and Celebrating Southampton.

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Southampton: A Potted History by Martin Brisland
Amberley Publishing
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