By Tim Lambert
The Romans build a town on the site of Bitterne
The Roman army leaves Britain. Afterward, Roman towns are abandoned
The Saxon King Ine builds a new town on the site of St Mary’s Church
The town declines as the Itchen silts up and it is eventually abandoned. A much smaller town is built south of Bargate.
After the Norman Conquest Normans settle in Southampton. The Normans build a castle in the town.
The mayor of Southampton is first mentioned
Friars arrive in Southampton
A suburb grows up in Newtown
Stone walls are built around Southampton
The French attack Southampton
Southampton is in decline. The port is less and less busy.
Despite the economic decline, Southampton is described as ‘handsome’.
A grammar school opens
Plague strikes Southampton
Belgian Protestants settle in Southampton
Plague strikes Southampton again
A survey shows Southampton has a population of 4,200
Southampton is described as a ‘decayed’ port
The king sells Southampton Castle, which is now in ruins
Southampton has dwindled from being a major port and town to being a ‘decayed’ port
Prince Frederick goes swimming in the sea at Southampton and the town starts to revive
Assembly Rooms open
Southampton grows north of Bargate. The streets are paved and cleaned.
Southampton gains its first bank
The streets of Southampton are lit by oil lamps
The population of Southampton is about 8,000.
The port of Southampton is reviving strongly
A paddle steamer begins running between Southampton and the Isle of Wight
Paddle steamers begin running to France
The streets of Southampton are lit by gas
The Royal South Hants Hospital opens
The railway reaches Southampton
Cholera kills 240 people in Southampton
Many new houses are built in Shirley as Southampton grows
Cholera kills 151 people in Southampton
Horse drawn trams begin running in Southampton
The first public library opens in Southampton. The first electric street lights are switched on in the town.
The trams in Southampton are electrified
Cunard makes Southampton the terminus of their Atlantic service. The first motor buses run in Southampton.
The boundaries of Southampton are extended
A flying boat service to the Channel Islands begins
Southampton Civic Centre is built
World War II
641 people are killed by bombs in Southampton
The last tram runs in Southampton
The boundaries of Southampton are extended again
Southampton is made a city
Merchants House Museum opens
Bargate Shopping Centre opens
Marlands Shopping Centre opens
An Oceanography Centre opens
West Quay Shopping Centre opens