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Place Southampton

Southampton is a port city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. It is located on the southern coast of Great Britain, approximately 70 mi south-west of London and 15 mi west of Portsmouth. The city forms part of the South Hampshire built-up area, which also covers Portsmouth and the towns of Havant, Waterlooville, Eastleigh, Fareham, and Gosport.
A major port, and close to the New Forest, it lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water, at the confluence of the River Test and Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south.
Southampton is noted for its as being the departure point for the RMS Titanic, and home to 500 of the people who perished on board. The Spitfire was built in the city, and Southampton has a strong association with the Mayflower, being the departure point before the vessel was forced to return to Plymouth. More recently, Southampton is known as the home port of some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Southampton is also one of the largest retail destinations in the South of England.
The city was heavily bombed during the Second World War during what was known as the Southampton Blitz. It was one of the major embarkation points for D-Day.

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