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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

Mayor and Mayoress inspecting photo album of william Borough Hill
5th March 2019 Mayor's Parlour Southampton Civic Centre
the Mayor Councillor Stephen Barnes Andrews and the Mayoress inspecting the photo album which had been owned by William Borough Hill [photo Ann MacGillivray]
Grateful thanks to David Hollingworth ed Sotonpedia for background on William Borough Hill

The life of William Burrough Hill –‘Southampton’s Grand Old Man’ – spanned the years from Queen Victoria’s early reign to the beginning of World War Two, during which he became one of the town’s most prominent and respected citizens. He was born in Southampton in 1845 and spent his entire life in the town. He attended Southampton School of Art and later became an estate agent and auctioneer with offices in Hanover Buildings. He was also an art critic and a collector of fine art and antiques. He built up a notable collection of works by local artists, in particular those of Frederick Lee Bridell. He restored Bridell’s most famous work The Coliseum of Rome by Moon Light and sold it to Southampton Corporation. He renamed his house in Regents Park Road ‘Bridell Lodge’ in memory of the artist. In 1897, on the centenary of the birth of local artist Thomas Gray Hart, he set up an exhibition of the work of local artists, including, Hart, William Shayer, and W. M. Cooper, entitled ‘Ancient Southampton’. In 1910 his art collection was acquired by Southampton Corporation.

He lived at Banister Hall in Northlands Road before moving to Bridell Lodge where he lived from c.1911 to his death in 1941. His extensive garden was admired for its roses and was famous for possessing a scale model of Stonehenge, an ‘elephant house’, in which were displayed models of elephants of variant shapes and sizes, and other curiosities.

A house fire damaged many of the items collected over the years. In 1904 Southampton Camera Club prepared an album of local scenes and presented this to Mr Hill as an act of trying to replace some of his collection.

The book after the estate was disposed of was sold at auction and purchased by the grandfather of CoSS member Ann MacGillivray and presented to her. The images now have the usual fading associated with silver nitrate deterioration so Ann has engaged the services of a skilled photographic specialist to digitally restore the images and is having a replica of the album made. Ann will request the mayor to accept the finished work from the City of Southampton Society then to be handed to the City Archives. To establish the background to some of the views, Ann is encouraging local historians to help in the research.

Outdoor visit to Minstead Church image courtesy Will Temple Outdoor visit on a Guy Arab open top busTug tender Calshot in preservation