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A CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT
of the
MOST INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED
IN OR RELATE TO SOUTHAMPTON,
prom the earliest recorded period to the present time.
The Ninth Century.—The recorded history of the town commences. 838. The Danes landed, committed frightful ravages, and were defeated by Wolphard, Governor of Hampshire.
860. The Danes again landed, marched to and conquered Winchester, and were defeated by Osric, Earl of Southampton, and Ethelwulph, Earl of
Berkshire.
928. Two mints were established.
981. The Danes landed a third time, and committed ravages.
993. Sweyn, King of Denmark, and Olaus, King of Norway, made war on Southampton and the inland counties, and were bribed with a sum of £16,000 to return to their own dominions.
Between 1015 and 1036. Canute, the Danish King, after having obtained half the kingdom, made this town his residence, and delivered the celebrated
rebuke to his courtiers.
Between 1080 and 1086. Seventy-nine men only hold estate in land, and pay a land-tax of £7 per annum.
1124. The priory of Dionysius, near Portswood, founded.
1153. The Bishop of Winchester required to give security for the delivery of Southampton Castle to Prince Henry on the death of Stephen.
July 8, 1174. Henry the Second, his queen, and son's wife landed from France, and the former departed immediately to do penance at a Becket's tomb.
April, 1186. Henry the Second and his queen, Eleanor, again landed from France.
Between 1154 and 1189. The incorporation of the town by charter took place.
1198. The revenue of the port amounted to £40. 55. 8d, per annum. 1215. The importation of wine, at this date, was the most extensive of any port in the kingdom with the exception of that of London. Stanneries established.
Between 1208 and 1216. King John farmed the revenue of the Customs of Southampton and Portsmouth to the municipal authorities for £200, and made the town a county independent of the Lord Lieutenant and Sheriff of Hampshire.
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