Illustrated coasters – a nod to historic Southampton with childlike humour!

Drawn by local artist Aaron Jay for Made in:Here, these coasters will add brightness and humour to any table. Pack of 4 coasters includes:

  • THE ‘OTHER WAY ROUND’ (Bargate illustration): In 1923, special domed-shaped tram cars were designed so they could pass through the arch of the Bargate, which was the only way to get from Above Bar Street to Southampton High Street. However, in the 1930’s, part of the ancient walls around the Bargate were demolished, allowing new tram lines to go the ‘other way round’ the Bargate.
  • BEER MONEY: On the edge of Southampton Common was a modest house where lived a cowherd. He was paid to manage the grazing cattle. Over time, the cowherd was faced with rising rent costs and a decline in income, so he started to sell beer. This soon became profitable and in 1789 the cowherd’s abode was converted into a public house. Briefly named The Southampton Arms, it soon reverted back to its more memorable name, The Cowherds.
  • ‘SO LONG, SPEEDWELL’, SAID MAYFLOWER: The Pilgrim fathers left Southampton in 1620, boarding the Mayflower and its smaller sister, the Speedwell. After several unsuccessful attempts to fix a leak, the Speedwell had to stay behind – her passengers were crammed onto the Mayflower, arriving 66 days later in Cape Cod.
  • YOU CAN CALL ME ‘SIR’: Southampton old bowling green dates back to 1299 and is the world’s oldest bowling green still in use. Eery year, it hosts the ‘Knighthood’ tournament, where members play in top hats and frocked tail suits. The competition lasts several days and the winner takes on the title of ‘sir’.


How are these coasters made? From Aaron’s illustrations, they are printed front & back on 100% eco-friendly board in a local printing press with vegetable-based inks (no chemicals). Tissue paper and stickers are biodegradable, so you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too!