Category: History

Builders unearth Bishopstoke’s Roman past

Evidence of Bishopstoke’s ancient past has been unearthed at a site where 85 new properties are being built by Bovis Homes. As work begins on the new homes on the land off Church Rd, archaeologists have returned to their laboratories to finish piecing together some of their finds following a nine week dig. Some early…

German WW1 wrecks found in Portsmouth Harbour

A combination of historical research and archaeology has helped maritime researchers identify the remains of two First World War German destroyers in Portsmouth Harbour. The destroyers, one of which fought at the Battle of Jutland, were taken as war trophies by Britain in 1919 and used for target practice before being sold for scrap. Today,…

Sunken wartime wrecks go online

Exceptional diving conditions this summer, with underwater visibility to rival tropical waters, has allowed archaeologists to capture amazing photographs of First World War shipwrecks and record the sites in stunning detail thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. These photographs have been used to create online 3D models of entire wrecks allowing divers and…

Eastleigh’s luxury sports car celebrates 50 years

Gordon-Keeble 50th Anniversary from Eastleigh News on Vimeo. A fleet of rare Gordon-Keeble Cars returned to their ‘birthplace’ to celebrate 50 years since production of the car started in 1964. Built at Southampton Airport, in the building also famous for the production of the early Spitfire aircraft, the cars were manufactured there until 1966. A…

Blue Bird runs again…

Seen running around the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu this evening, under its own power, was this 350HP Sunbeam, ‘Blue Bird’, former holder of the world land speed record and the first car to officially exceed 150mph. One of several cars that Sir Malcolm Campbell named ‘Blue Bird’, the 350HP Sunbeam took the land speed record in…