City of Southampton Society
Registered Charity No 1006256 England and Wales
caring for our city's heritage and its green open spaces
Webmaster John Avery
                                      Titanic departing from Southampton April 1912          John Melody Town Crier          
Queen Mary entering KG DOCKOur outdoor visit to Minstead Church in 2011 image Will TempleWarrior who after service on the front in WWI became a Southampton Police Horse. Image by kind permission Bitterne Local History SocietySouthampton CenotaphJohn Melody Town Crier at Tudor Revels 2012 image Arthur Jeffery

  The City of Southampton Society. Founded in 1962, the society is a registered charity and a member of Southampton Heritage Federation. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2012. Our President is the Mayor and Admiral of the Port.

 Member Southampton Heritage Federation Member Southampton Heritage Federation

The Society encourages research of the heritage of the city and works in co-operation with other amenity societies. We encourage the good design in modern buildings and the lay out of the city and work to protect greens, open spaces and conservation areas. 
The Society is independent and has no political affiliations, we welcome members from the community [including students and businessmen] who share in our objectives. The minimum age for membership is 16 years.
We hold a series of general meetings [see our Events page] and host a series of talks from carefully selected speakers on a variety of subjects concerning local history, social and events with famous connections etc. Visitors are welcome to attend. We also hold an outdoor event each June when we visit places of historic interest. 
From time to time we publish books/booklets including Jane Austen Trail and the Titanic Crew Memorial Book [on display by the Council Chamber in the Civic Centre].
The Society has an active sub committee Planning and Environmental which monitors planning applications for major projects, conservation areas and on alterations to listed buildings. We also ensure that the council follows up reports of fly posters, illegal tipping, infringement on publicly owned green spaces. From time to time we request either local or national listing of appropriate buildings in the city. In May 2012 we supported the listing to Grade II of the portals over Dock Gates 8 and 10 which were to be demolished.
2nd October 2012. A new commemorative plaque associated with a former leprosy hospital in Southampton was unveiled by the Mayor Councillor Derek Burke and Mr Eliazar Tumari Rose, Director, New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust, India. The City of Southampton Society was pleased to make a grant towards the cost of the plaque.
  The waterfront development in various guises and proposals from different developers is often in the agenda process of the sub committee. CoSS is anxious to preserve a view of the river from the Lower High Street, French Street and Bugle Street venues. CoSS members encouraged the establishment of the Friends of Town Quay Park which actively works to keep the park as a vantage point to watch river traffic. The council had intended to give consent for flats to be built on the footprint of the park claiming it was a method to protect the underground vaults. Fierce opposition from the Old Town Residents Association, Southampton Common and Parks Preservation Society, CoSS and the then newly formed friends of Town Quay Park caused the council to reverse its policy.
The commercial judgement to build more luxury flats when there are existing stocks of newly built flats unsold in parts of the city is questionable. There is a need for family homes and the developers appear to favour a saturation point on providing accommodation for students.
 The Society co-operates with the council and reports infringements in conservation areas and inappropriate unauthorised advertising by fly posters etc, infringements on listed building regulations, on the care of open spaces etc. We regularly report potholes and obstructions on footpaths. The council officers consult the society on major strategy programmes.
 We welcome new members who share our values and have an interest in the heritage, planning and developments which will benefit the city, protection of the parks and open spaces and appreciate quality speakers at our general meetings. Our secretary Brian Sefton will be pleased to answer any queries that you may have contact
The maces and silver plate in the Mayor's Parlour Image courtesy Ann MacGillivray of Solutions-Southampton
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Outdoor visit to Minstead Church image courtesy Will Temple Outdoor visit on a Guy Arab open top busTug tender Calshot in preservation