Thursday, July 3, 2008

Southampton, England

An interesting card here, as a result of the "Your hometown begins with S" RR.....first one comes from Southampton.

What you can see on the card is called The Bargate.

It is a building in the city centre of Southampton. Constructed in Norman times as part of the fortified walled city, the Bargate was the main point of entry and exit to and from the north. Since Southampton is on the south coast this made the Bargate the main gateway to the city.

It represents one of the finest 13th century gates in the country. After a raid by the French in 1338, the gate was completed to its present form. Dilapidations since then have been mostly due to removing stone for other buildings. (as it is said on the card).

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