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Historical interest: Southampton

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Early Roman colonisers settled in nearby Winchester (then called Venta Belgarum) in the 1st century and soon noticed the strategic usefulness of the Southampton Water inlet. An outpost, Clausentum was therefore establish in the area. By the early fifth century, the Anglos, Saxons and Jutes had free reign over Southern England and a more permanent settlement, named Hamtum, was established on the present site of the city.

Trade thrived and in the 10th C. Suohamtun, as it was now called, came under attack from maurauding Vikings. The infamous Viking King Canute was crowned in Southampton and it was here that he unsuccessfully commanded the sea to retreat (the Solent).

Under William the Conqueror, Southampton prospered as nearby Winchester became the Capital. By the mid 12th C. the Normans had built a defensive wall around the city, parts of which still remain today.

This important port came under attack from the French, Genoese and Sicilians at the beginning of the 100 year war, and was subsequently sacked. In response new fortifications were built, including the famous 7 gateways and 29 towers.

The sailing of the Mayflower in August 1620 was another significant milestone in the city's history. The Pilgrim Fathers aboard this ship bequeathed the names Delaware River, Bay and State, the Hampton River and Road, and Southampton, NY on important places in their newly founded continent of America. Almost 300 years later another famous ship, the Titanic, was last seen leaving Southampton in April 1912.

By the 1700s Southampton had become a popular Spa town for the wealthy after receiving a personal endorsement from Prince Frederick of Wales. Later the town was to fill up with troops bound for the Napoleonic wars.

During the First World War, Southampton once again became an important military garrison, and following the end of the war the city entered its golden era as a port, with cruise liners regularly departing from the quayside. Concurrently the commercial docks rivaled London, Liverpool and Bristol for importance. During WWII the city again played an important part, this time in the D-Day preparations.

Today Southampton continues to prosper as a vibrant Cosmopolitan City wealthy in industry, culture, entertainment, heritage, history, parks, shopping, sport and much more.

Selection of hotels in this region:

The Dolphin Hotel

Travelodge Southampton

Jurys Inn Southampton

Premier Travel Inn Southampton City Centre

Southampton Park Hotel

Marriott Meon Valley Hotel & Country Club Golf Package

Botley Park Hotel, Golf & Country Club

De Vere Grand Harbour

Novotel Southampton

Hilton Southampton

Holiday Inn Southampton

Holiday Inn Eastleigh

Marriott Meon Valley Hotel & Country Club

Express by Holiday Inn Southampton West

Chilworth Manor

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