And lo and behold, other than having to schlep our luggage on and off the train, the Mega Train to Southampton for £6 each was a sweet deal. Thank you, Cruise Critic!
This is the ruins of Holy Rood Church, which was built in 1320. On the night of November 30, 1940, the centre of Southampton became the target for German bombers, when 800 high explosive bombs and 9,000 incendiaries were dropped on the town centre. Nearly 500 properties were totally destroyed, including seven churches.
King Alfred the Great...
The original cathedral was founded in 642 AD. The bricks in the grass show the outline of the original Old Minster church, which was demolished in 1094 to make way for the new cathedral. The church wasn’t grand enough for William the Conqueror from France, who ruled as the King of England from 1066 to 1087, so he decided to build a much bigger one that still stands today.
There was a guided tour included in the admission and we did start out with the guide. God love him, he was so slow that the one hour we had would have been spent at the entrance, so we explored on our own.
As part of a long-term plan to improve the city streets, the cross was in danger of being demolished in the late 18th century. However, local opposition prevented this. By 1865, it had been fully restored to its medieval glory and it became the popular meeting place that it remains today.
Both local and national folklore credit it with having been in this building for about 1500 years. However, carbon dating has proved that the Winchester Table was only made in the 1270s, during the reign of King Edward I. King Henry VIII later had the table painted with seats for 24 named knights and a portrait of himself as King Arthur.