They cost Imperial Airways £140,000 to build in 1948, but these tragic-looking and surprisingly watery relics of the “golden age of air travel” are all that remain of Southampton’s heritage as an early airport.
The arrow-straight estuary called Southampton Water is well-protected from the swells and waves of the English Channel, which made this unusually calm and sheltered six-mile long tidal stretch ideal for the taxi, take off, and landing of flying boats. For a time, regular services departed Southampton Water on far-flung intercontinental voyages.
|Lyndhurst War Memorial||2020||11.9km||site_ao|
|Bramble Bank Cricket Pitch||2020||18.1km||site_ao|
|Lepe D-Day guided tour en||12.8km||site_izi|
|The Rufus Stone||2020||15km||site_ao|
|The Grave of Thomas Thetcher||2020||19.5km||site_ao|
|Ruins of Holyrood Church||2019||0.5km||site_ao|
|The Wool House||2019||0.3km||site_ao|
|The Portuguese Fireplace: An Unlikely War Memorial||2017||15.7km||site_ao|
|Hythe Pier Railway||2018||2.7km||site_ao|
|The Medieval Wall of Southampton||2018||0.9km||site_ao|
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