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Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of September 2019.
Bitterne Local History Society
Bursledon Brickworks
Bursledon Windmill
Medieval Merchant's House
Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust
SS Shieldhall
Tudor House and Garden
 
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Every September a selection of local historic locations open their doors to allow free visits.
 
Southampton 2019
This year, on the weekend of the 14th and 15th, I visited Bursledon Brickworks, Bursledon Windmill, the Medieval Merchant's House, SS Shieldhall and Tudor House & Gardens.
Free bus rides between the venues were provided by Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust who also ran city tours on the Saturday.
Tudor House
 
 
This building dates from the 15th century and gives an idea of how people lived at that time. It also contains many interesting displays from different eras.Outside there is a garden and the remains of King John's Palace.
Medieval Merchant's House
 
 
This timber-framed house has been restored to how it might have looked in the 14th century. The building comprises a cellar above wich is a shop and living rooms. Upstairs are two bedchambers.
SS Shieldhall
 
 
The Shieldhall is the largest working steam ship in Britain. Launched in 1955, she was operated by Glasgow Corporation to transport sewage out to sea. She also provided passenger trips during the summer. She came to Southamton in 1977, also to carry sewage. She was bought for preservation in 1988.
Other Saturday Events
 
 
At St Michael's church (opposite Tudor House) there was a fair and a variety of music, some on the church organ. Across the city, King John's Morris Dancers performed many different styles of English dancing. Bitterne Local History Society preserves items of local interest.
Bursledon Windmill
 
 
Built in 1814 and restored in the 1990s, this is Hampshire's only working windmill. The site includes the Chineham Barn and the Hiltingbury Granary. Guided tours of the windmill are popular. The steam lorry visiting for the day is a 1924 Tasker, registration YB 183.
Bursledon Brickworks
 
 
 
Founded in 1897, Bursledon Brickworks operated until 1974. There was an abundant source of clay at the site and good transport links by rail and river. Able to produce more than 20 million bricks each year, this was one of the region's biggest brickworks.
The site is now an industrial museum, lovingly tended by volunteers. On selected days, visitors can see some of the machinery running.
The museum also has short sections of railway which carry passengers on certain days and frequently hosts visiting vehicle displays such as the road roller TK 6141 and steam engine BJ 3282 seen here.
Bursledon Brickworks is home to some of Southampton and District Transport Heritage Trust's collection of buses.
Buses linking the venues
FTR 511 - Southampton Corporation 64.
1949 Guy Arab III with Park Royal body.
 
GTR 484 - Southampton Corporation 222.
1951 Guy Arab III with Park Royal body.
 
LOW 217 - Southampton Corporation 71.
1954 Guy Arab III with Park Royal body.
335 AOW - Southampton Corporation 335.
1963 Leyland PD2A with Park Royal body.
 
BTR 367B - Southampton Corporation 367.
1964 AEC Regent V with East Lancs body.
 
E289 HRV - Southampton City Bus 289.
1987 Leyland Olympian with E.Lancs body.
NDL 637M - Solent Blue Line 37.
1973 Bristol VRT with ECW body.
 
335 AOW - Southampton Corporation 335.
1963 Leyland PD2A with Park Royal body.
 
373 FCR - Southampton Corporation 353.
1963 AEC Regent V with East Lancs body.
BTR 367B - Southampton Corporation 367.
1964 AEC Regent V with East Lancs body.
 
E289 HRV - Southampton City Bus 289.
1987 Leyland Olympian with E.Lancs body.
 
N324 ECR - Southampton City Bus 324.
1995 Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer.
N324 ECR - Southampton City Bus 324.
1995 Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer.
 
KV51 KZJ - Emsworth & District.
2001 Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer.
 
On Saturday, buses ran from Castle Way to Bitterne and the SS Shieldhall.
City tours operated from Bugle Street.
On Sunday there were frequent services linking Bursledon Brickworks to Bursledon station and Bursledon Windmill as well as between Swanwick station and the brickworks.
There were also services between the brickworks and Whiteley via Warsash.
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