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´╗┐mate's handbook to southampton.
Empress Eugenie caught the last glimpse of the Prince Imperial as he left for South Africa, like, alas ! many a true hearted comrade, never to return. Radley's Hotel, immediately opposite the Docks Station, has been long established, and is well known to ail travellers. The Dolphin Hotel in the High Street is mentioned as far back as the year 1506, and a hundred years ago the Southampton Assemblies were regularly held there during the winter. The Star and the Crown can each boast an antiquity of some three centuries, and the Royal in Above Bar Street is of deserved fame and repute. The Pier Hotel and the In man (Western Shore) are " homes from home."
The Story of Southampton.
Pre-historic man liked living at Southampton, and built his rude hut upon the shore. In forests of even then ancient growth, Bos Longifrons and Bos Primigenius, the ancestors of all cattle, got bogged, and left alike their bones and horns on the site of the present Empress Dock. Stone implements and weapons are now find again picked up on Southampton Common, at Shirley and at Highfield. The men of the bronze age dwelt hereabouts, as is shewn by a magnificent collection of bronze implements in the possession of Mr. W. Dale, F.S.A., 5, Sussex Place, Southampton. The Romans called the estuary of the Test " Trisanton," and settled at Clausentum, upon the site now occupied by Bitterne Manor House, where remains of their entrenchments may still be traced. The "Count of the Saxon Shore" lived there as Admiral of the Roman Channel Fleet, and Roman roads led thence to Winchester, Chichester, and Nursling. There was hard fighting hereabouts between the Britains and the invading Saxons, who in the sixth century built their " Tun or Home Town of Hamptun." "Old Hamp-tun " is mentioned in the Saxon Chronicle in the year 873. In 928 there were two mints here, so that a thousand years ago Southampton folk " made money." Floods, lightning, and Danish pirates all did a good deal of mischief. Olaf of Norway and Sweyn of Denmark wintered here in 994, and were bought off twice over. King Canute loved Southampton well, and in 1016 held a great council and "homage doing" here. In 1033 he is said to have rebuked the waves at " Canute's.
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