The final Titanic tales from Portswood part two

25 July 2019 Finding houses on Portswood Road was never going to be easy. For a start, quite a few are shops and don’t have house numbers. There are also many gaps where houses used to be but have disappeared, either through modernisation, bombing or a combination of the two. To compound the issue we … Continue reading The final Titanic tales from Portswood part two

The final Titanic tales from Portswood part one

25 July 2019 This morning we finally set out to find the last of the Portswood Titanic crew houses. It was yet another stupidly hot muggy day, not a cloud in the sky or a hint of wind, probably not the best for walking the streets looking for houses. We only had eleven to find … Continue reading The final Titanic tales from Portswood part one

Titanic tales from Portswood part 2

11 July 2019 In the end, after much dithering and discussion, we decided to find the last of the houses in the southern half of Portswood before finding somewhere to have a coffee and a rest. There were just seven of them and three were in one street so it didn’t seem like it would … Continue reading Titanic tales from Portswood part 2

Titanic tales from Portswood

11 July 2019 The plan for today was to try to find at least some of the Titanic crew houses in Portswood. As there are a lot of them, covering a large area, and the weather was incredibly hot and humid, I was resigned to the fact that we might not be up to the … Continue reading Titanic tales from Portswood

Titanic Tales from Sholing

15 May 2019 Very few of the crew members aboard Titanic came from Sholing. Back in 1912, it was a rather isolated, largely rural area. Surrounded by the toll gates, at Northam Bridge, Lances Hill, Hedge End and Bursledon Bridge, the only toll free exit was the floating bridge, or a long, roundabout journey to … Continue reading Titanic Tales from Sholing

Titanic tales the last Bevois Valley houses

10 April 2019 When we set out this morning we’d planned to find all the Titanic crew houses in St Denys but we’d kept on going. Now we’d found all but four of the Bevois Valley houses and one in Mount Pleasant too. The last houses on my list were all more or less on … Continue reading Titanic tales the last Bevois Valley houses

Titanic tales from Bevois Valley

10 April 2019 We were close to the railway crossing at Mount Pleasant, just a stone’s throw away from Northam Bridge. Tempting as it was to head for home and leave the rest of the Bevois Valley houses for another day, we decided to head back towards Bevois Valley and keep searching, at least for … Continue reading Titanic tales from Bevois Valley

Titanic tales from Bevois Valley and Mount Pleasant

10 April 2019 There were fourteen Titanic Crew houses in Bevois Valley and, as far as I could tell, many of them were still standing. When we set out this morning, 107 years to the day after Titanic set sail, the plan had been to find the houses in St Denys. Even so, I’d brought … Continue reading Titanic tales from Bevois Valley and Mount Pleasant

Titanic tales from St Denys part two

10 April 2019 Many years ago I lived in Portswood in a little flat a minute’s walk or so from St Denys Station. In 1989, the Portswood bypass was built and cut a swathe through the area I knew so well. The new road was named Thomas Lewis Way after Tommy Lewis, a St Mary’s … Continue reading Titanic tales from St Denys part two

Titanic tales from St Denys

10 April 2019 As today was the anniversary of the sailing of Titanic it seemed a good day to continue our search for Titanic crew houses. Our objectives were the houses in St Denys and, as we walked across Cobden Bridge, it looked as if it was going to be a beautiful, if chilly morning. … Continue reading Titanic tales from St Denys