Southampton

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Southampton
City and Unitary authority area
Montage of Southampton. Clockwise from top-left: Bargate; Guildhall; Top of west walls; Wool house and custom house; Southwestern house
Montage of Southampton. Clockwise from top-left: Bargate; Guildhall; Top of west walls; Wool house and custom house; Southwestern house
Nickname(s): "Soton/So'ton", The Gateway to the World
Southampton shown within Hampshire
Southampton shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Ceremonial county Hampshire
Admin HQ Southampton
Settled c. AD43
City status 1964
Unitary authority 1997
Government
 • Type Unitary authority, City
 • Governing body Southampton City Council
 • Leadership Leader and Cabinet
 • Executive  
 • MPs Royston Smith (C)
Alan Whitehead (L)
Caroline Nokes (C)
Area
 • Urban 28.1 sq mi (72.8 km2)
Population (2010 est)
 • City and Unitary authority area 253,651 (Ranked 57)[1]
 • Density 13,190/sq mi (5,094/km2)
 • Urban 855,569[2]
 • Metro 1,547,000[3]
 • Ethnicity
(United Kingdom 2005 Estimate) [4]
85.9% White (77.7% White British)
8.4% Asian
2.2% Black.
1.2% other
2.4% Mixed Race
Demonym(s) Sotonian
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode span SO14-SO19
Area code(s) 023
GVA 2013
 • Total £9.7 bn ($15.7 bn) (12th)
 • Growth Increase 2.6%
 • Per capita £21,400 ($34,300) (15th)
 • Growth Increase 0.6%
GDP US$ 51.6 billion [5]
GDP per capita US$ 37,832[5]
Website www.southampton.gov.uk

Southampton is a city in the United Kingdom. The city is in Hampshire. It is about in the middle of the south coast of England. Southampton is the largest city on the south coast.[6]

It is an important port. It is the nearest city to the New Forest. In 1912, the RMS Titanic sailed from there as was common with most ocean liners at the time. It contains several memorials and museum exhibitions related with the doomed ship.

Places in Southampton[change | change source]

Bargate[change | change source]

The Bargate

Southampton has lots of landmarks, of which one is the Bargate. This is the old main gate of the city wall of Southampton, and nowadays is used as the beginning of the guided tour of Southampton, Walk the Walls.[7] In medieval Southampton, a bell was rung at dusk every day to tell people that the gates would shortly be locked.

Today, the Bargate Shopping Centre is nearby.[8]

The Mayflower[change | change source]

Named after The Mayflower, which set sail from Southampton to the "New World" (via Plymouth), the Mayflower is the theatre in Southampton. It was built in 1928.[9]

Docks[change | change source]

The Queen Mary 2 on Southampton Water, with Hythe Ferry in front

Southampton is home to many cruise ships and ocean liners, including the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2.

There is also a regular ferry service to Hythe (a small village on the other side of Southampton Water), which leaves every half hour.[10]

Sport[change | change source]

Southampton has a football team Southampton F.C., which is nicknamed "The Saints". In 2001, the team moved stadiums, from "The Dell", to St. Mary's Football Stadium.[11] The club was founded in 1885, and has been playing ever since.

Twinned Cities[change | change source]

Southampton is twinned with:

Southampton is also sister cities with

References[change | change source]

  1. "City statistics and research". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  2. "2011 Census – Built-up areas". ONS. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named espon. ().
  4. Neighbourhood Statistics. "Lead View Table". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 12 January 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Global city GDP 2014". Brookings Institution. Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  6. "Southampton - In Brief". stga.org.uk. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  7. http://www.visit-southampton.co.uk/site/guided-walks-and-tours/guided-walks
  8. http://www.bargatecentre.com/
  9. http://www.mayflower.org.uk/history.asp
  10. http://www.hytheferry.co.uk/
  11. http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/club/?page_id=151
  12. "Grad Rijeka". rijeka.hr. Retrieved 17 December 2010.