High Street, Southampton

High Street, Southampton

As far back as the 1500s, Southampton's High Street was recognized as one of England's cleanest and most beautiful. It was originally known as English Street in medieval times.

English Street got its name since it was the artery between three English-speaking parishes in the community. All Saints, St. Lawrence, and Holy Rood were all connected through here. Logically, French Street linked the French-speaking sections of town, including St. Michael and St. John.

Unfortunately, German bombing campaigns during World War II devastated many parts of the city, including High Street. What was left after the war was a shadow of the historical glory that once stood here. Even though many buildings were destroyed, the modern buildings stand on medieval cellars and vaults.

Many bank buildings did survive the war, most of which were from the late 19th century. You can still see the National Westminster Bank, Midland Bank, and Barclay's Bank. The old Bank of England building at Nos. 31-33 is now a public house.

At No. 56, you'll find the former Oakley and Watling Fruit and Vegetable Merchants building. Its facade is ornately decorated with fruits.

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High Street on Map

Sight Name: High Street
Sight Location: Southampton, England (See walking tours in Southampton)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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