Additionally, most of East Street, a major commercial area adjacent to Canal Walk was badly bombed. This is where my other great grandfather Robert Henry Reed had one of his bakeries prior to his death in 1915. During the war, his widow and three of his daughters were running the tea room, which may have been in the East Street shop. Yet to sort that one out.
But even worse, for the people of Southampton, many of the important buildings were badly damaged or completely destroyed. These included the churches of Holyrood, St Johns and St Lawrence. Many sections of the ancient walls were destroyed. Overall 600 civilians and 900 buildings were destroyed in Southampton.
So even the old city is full of sixties style apartment blocks both Council built and owned and private, with many of the older ruins scattered in between, and luckily some of the ancient buildings which survived the bombing. For instance, St Michael's Church seemed to have escaped entirely, unlike its sister churches.
|Wellington Hotel and Vyse Lane|
Most respectable families had moved Above Bar to the north of the town. This included my Reed family - my grandmother was one of six daughters of the master baker who had three bakeries and a tea room by the 1890s.
He would have felt very comfortable there. Unlike his sons, most of whom seemed to want to better themselves, John Rose preferred to remain anti-establishment, and seemed far more at home amongst the poor town labourers and in the beer houses.
Unfortunately the lift to the upper floors stuck, with Paul upstairs, and so we were given our entry fee back. Almost worth it. Anyway, they were very good at resolving the problem, and explaining to the staff how the lift worked.
|Yes, that's me in the stocks.|
And wearing a silly outfit.
|Old and the new, with Paul.|