Amazing facts about Southampton
Did you know Southampton was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth in 1964, and is one of just a few cities in the UK not to have a cathedral? Or that Simnel Street comes from an old French word meaning flour, as there was a mill nearby? And that a local pub is the official consulate of the Kingdom of Redonda? Or that if you go wassailing on January 6th, you’ll be partaking in local folklore that dates back to the 18th century?
Seas & Skies
RJ Mitchell, designer of the famous Spitfire aircraft, wanted it to be called the Shrew or the Scarab. Instead, it was named after the daughter of Mitchell's boss, whose fiery character had earned her the name 'spit fire'
Streets & Stones
On the edge of Southampton Common lived a cowherd, paid to manage the grazing cattle. To complement his income, in the late 1700s he started to sell beer. This became so profitable that his home was converted into a public house, known to this day as 'The Cowherds'.
People & Customs
Southampton played a major role in the success of fish fingers. In 1955, Clarence Birdseye tested herring sticks and cod sticks on shoppers in Southampton and Wales. The Southampton customers loved the cod sticks, which became known as fish fingers and rolled out across the country.