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j The Thorner's Homes for 40 poor widows | are in Henstead. road; there are also | branches in Regent's Park road and Oakley | road, Millbrook. *
The Southampton Charitable Dispensary, ! Dental Institution -and Humane Society, jTevr road, was established in 1823. .
The Southampton Infectious Diseases Hospital, which was erected in. 1898, is situated in the western part of the town. A sanatorium for cases of tuberculosis has since been added.
The Borough General- Hospital,. Shirley Warren, was erected • in 1902. ;
The Southampton . Sailors' Home, in Oxford street," was erected in 1910. The [ building was enlarged'in. 1912"and in 1930.
The Common fields,. in • the heart of the town and containing upwards- of 58 acres. \ are laid out as parks and pleasure grounds: a monument to Richard Andrews, five times | mayor of Southampton, and a memorial to j the Engineers of the White Star, liner 1 Titanic, which foundered, after colliding with an iceberg in the North April, 1912, stand in .East park ; in West I park there is a memorial erected in memory I of Dr. Isaac Watts, born in Southampton, | 17th July, 1674, and who died in 1748. There is also a statue of "Viscount Palmerston I E.G., G.C.B. a burgess of Southampton.
The Memorial to the men of Southampton who fell in the Great War, 1914-18, stands . just inside the entrance to Watts' Park, at the east end of the walk from the Dr. Watts' statue to the • main • London : Road. Here, facing west, is the Great War Stone of Remembrance, a monolith, an alltar in form identical to those in;, each of our War Cemeteries throughout the War area, with the words " Their name liveth for evermore" cut on its west face. Behind this stone, on; a plinth, standing on a., platform of. steps, rises a pylon, bearing on its north, south and west faces, recessed in panels, the 2,005 names of those who fell. The east side; j facing the main road, contains a Great Cross, I and on its surface is carved a sword, cross-j wise. On the plinth is carved a wreath of Victory.: The pylon is surmounted by a ; cenotaph,- supported north and south by ' [lions, and east arid west by the, arms of [ Southampton. On the cenotaph is' the re-icumbent effigy of a fighting man. The ■ wreaths upon the cenotaph enclose' emblems I of the Army and Navy, including the Mer-I cantile Marine and Air Force, represented I. by the' Anchor and the Royal Cypher, planking the Monument' 'are piers, terminated ^ith fir cones, emblems of eternity, f by-a. wall and, seat;-and the words Our. Glorious-Dead" — -----i1--J —
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; Southampton common,, of • 375 acres, with j.-its avenue of trees, extends:. from the i Avenue to > the. former Northern municipal boundary,' a distance of about a mile, and 13half a mile-broad,,from;Highfield on the east to Shirley on the west; the London road passes through ihe.comm.onv
There are ■ ornamental lakes for model yacht racing, fishing, etc.
Queen's Park, formerly called Porter's j Meadow, contains a memorial to Major-: General Charles Gordon, killed at Khar-: toum, in the Soudan, January 26,1885.
On the Western esplanade is a monument in_ memory of the Pilgrim Fathers,-who sailed from here in the Mayflower on August 15, 1620.
The Bowling. Green, Lower Canal, walk, is of very ancient date," records being - in existence showing the same green to have been in use prior to 1299.
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PORTS WOOD is about 2 miles north from the centre of the town on the west bank of ' the Itchen. It was formerly in the civil' parish of- South; Stoneham, but under the ' provisions * of the Southampton Borough Extension Act, 1895, parts of Bitterne and ; South Stoneham were amalgamated with Portswood and formed into one civil parish' ; under the.flatter name.. By Local Government Board Order No. 53,725, which came into operation on the 31st March, 1912, the civil parish of Portswood was merged, with other civil parishes in Southampton, into one . single civil parish of Southampton. Ports-wood is now. in the county- and parlia-1 mentary borough and parish, of Southampton ; it: gives its name to one of the wards of the town. A bridge over the Itchen was completed in 1928, replacing-the ■ old . Cobden Free bridge. The' larger , portion of Portswood is divided into two ecclesiastical parishes, Christ Church, formed in 1848, and St. Denys, formed in 1867, from the parish of South Stoneham. Christ Church, built in 1847, and enlarged in 1856 by the addition of a north aisle of equal dimensions with , the'nave, consists of a chancel, nave; aisles and a tower with spire containing one-bell. In 1914 the church was extended to the west : it seats about 750. The register dates from the year 1847. The living is a vicarage. It is in the gift of the Bishop of Winchester, and has been held since 1942 by the Rev. Arthur Charles Vodden, of the London College of Divinity,
St. Denys' church, erected in 1868, is. a building of red brick in the Gothic style, consisting of a chancel, have, and north and south aisles: the church was enlarged in '1889 and will seat 850. The register dates from the year 1868. The living is-a vicarage. It is in the. gift of .the Bishop of Winchester; and has been held since 1933 by the Rev: Charles Streat B.A. of the University of London.
Ascension, is an ecclesiastical, parish, formed in 1899 from the parishes of South Stoneham and- Bitterne; -The. church of! the Ascension;; in Cobden t Avenue,. was "built: in ' 1924-5." It is. an: edifice of'! red; brick; with doul ting-stone dressings and •. weldonstone pillars: it: consists, at present of chancel; clerestoried nave, north, and south.1 chapels, north and south aisles:- and: vestry.: the north chapel, dedicated' to" St: Laurence^
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