Southampton City Clock Tower ( 12 ).

The big bell ‘christened’ officially by the Mayor-Mrs Irene Candy & Mrs Mary Johnston on May 11th. 1985. Named ‘Solent Chimes’ After a public survey by the Southern Daily Echo. Mrs Johnston was the widow of the bell’s founder, Cyril Johnston, OBE of Gillett & Johnston,Ltd.,  the Company which supplied the bells & clock mechanism.  The main bell three & half tons. A stainless steel plaque was unveiled in  the bell chamber.    The Bitterne Brigade’s Band played  the  Isaac  Watts hymn – ‘O God our help in ages past.’  The tower is 163 feet high. The ‘Echo’ arranged the public   ‘Bell Naming’ arrangements.

PS. The Council has arranged for public visits up the tower from 2010.

 

The beauty of wild flowers and still life. (10 )

Albert Durer Lucas-son of sculptor Richard Cockle-Lucas.

Thanks to the Chipperfield Bequest Southampton’s Art Gallery has  10 of ‘ADL’s’ beautiful paintings. Sadly, they have been on loan to private firms since 1997.  They are leased at over 100 pounds  a year each + VAT.     The income untill the end of 2009 was 10.000 pounds. The public of our City have not been able to view the paintings. A suggestion has been made that prints of the paintings be produced for an exhibition in the Art Gallery to enable the public to appreciate ‘ADL’s’ work.  Less costly than withdrawing those on loan.

‘R.J’.Mitchell of Schneider & Spitfire Fame (9)

R.J.Mitchell-Aircraft designer supreme.

Sadly ‘R.J.’ died at an early age- a great loss to our Nation.He led the team at Supermarine to success, gaining the Schneider Trophy for Great Britain in1931.The only commemorative features to his memory being in Southampton are the Feature in Hazel Road, Woolston, outside the former ‘Goods Entrance’ to Supermarine. An English Heritage ‘Blue’ Plaque is installed at his former home in Russell Place, Highfield, Southampton.  A statue exist in the Hall of Aviation.Proposal for an ‘iconic’  feature of the ‘Spitfire’ in the ‘Old Docks’ awaits finality. Another feature combining a statue of ‘R.J’. plus former men & women of  ‘Supermarine Works’ would be a fine feature in the proposed Heritage Walk in the Southampton Central Parks. Easily accessible?

 

**Mayors of the City of Southampton (8)

 

Irene Candy,CBE., & Jack V. Candy.

Irene-762 nd. Mayor-1984.

Jack-764th. Mayor-1986.

The Queen’s Peace Fountain-(7)

The Queen’s Peace Fountain-Andrews Park-Southampton

 Achieved on 29th July 2001 after the public were  invited to  give their support between- 1990 -2001. Sponsored by the City of Southampton Society. Thanks to public support £67,000  were contributed towards  the Fountain’s costs. The balance from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Adding sparkle to our City.    The Fountain is an appreciation of HM. The Queen’s services to our Nation.  It is located at the head of the main north/south pathway near Richard Andrews’ statue. It is a joy to see.. do visit it. “Fountains; I doubt if I ever saw  one, even the smallest, without some tingling of delight.  They enchant me in the daytime, when the sunlight enables their jets and sprays and turns  their scattered drops into diamonds”.  (J.B.Priestley’s “Delight”-1949 ).

PS. The history of the Queen’s Peace Fountain project is available in the Archives of the City Council-Southampton-Civic Centre-Lower Ground Floor. Contact Mrs S.J.Hill. Ref, 4/11/Acc.6648-14//2/2006.  My ref. 1328-1238.

 

**The Queen’s Peace Fountain Construction.(107).

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Early days’ construction.

PS. The history of the Queen’s Peace Fountain project is available in the City’s Archives (ref. 4/11/ACC. 6648 ) contact Archivist Mrs S.J.Hill-Lower Ground Floor-Civic Centre, Southampton.

**The Queen’s Peace Fountain Construction.(107).

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Early days’ construction.

PS. The history of the Queen’s Peace Fountain project is available in the City’s Archives (ref. 4/11/ACC. 6648 ) contact Archivist Mrs S.J.Hill-Lower Ground Floor-Civic Centre, Southampton.

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Early days’ construction.
PS. The history of the Queen’s Peace Fountain project is available in the City’s Archives (ref. 4/11/ACC. 6648 ) contact Archivist Mrs S.J.Hill-Lower Ground Floor-Civic Centre, Southampton.

**The Queen’s Peace Fountain Construction.(107).

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Early days’ construction.

PS. The history of the Queen’s Peace Fountain project is available in the City’s Archives (ref. 4/11/ACC. 6648 ) contact Archivist Mrs S.J.Hill-Lower Ground Floor-Civic Centre, Southampton.

Itchen Ferry-Woolston-Southampton(6)

Plaque to commemorate the ‘Lost Village’ ,destroyed by German bombing in 2nd World War. Installed by City Council in 1990 as part of improved layout of the Ferry area. Plaque designed by Johanna Metcalfe  see ( also Blog No. 32) – stolen in 2008.  Current efforts to replace by local Rowing Club.  Plaque pattern located.

Conduit Hede-Rollesbrook Greenway (5)

"A great plenty of sweet water".

Take care before you visit this feature, access is very risky from the Greenway. Down steep slope over stream-no safe access. No indication of route, if you follow a rough path uphill to the west you will come to the recently installed metal railings around the Hede, with locked gates. Ideally, access   should be from the Hill Lane.

Rollesbrook property, by arrangement.