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In 1967 the Queen Mary set off on her final voyage to Longbeach, California. This watercolour by Eric Crompton records the farewell.A stone carving on the RSH Hospital Chapel.An afternoon stroll on Plymouth Breakwater
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Commemoration of the Leprosy Hostel which was sited in Southampton

 Records show that we had a leprosy hostel in the town and to the best of estimates it was sited near where later stood the C&A shop in the 20th C. It was under the jurisdiction of the Priory at St Denys and was known as Mary Magdalene which over the years became known as Marlands. We assume that burials took place in adjacent common land probably at the junction with the present day Above Bar Street and Commercial Road at the entrance to Watts Park.
Southampton resident Jill Ghanouni, known to many of us for her community liaison work at a local hospital, is secretary of the British branch of the New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust.
There was a small stainless steel roundel hardly noticeable on the stone pier of the entrance to the Park. It was placed there about 20 years ago and has weathered badly. Jill thought that the Indian community would like to join with other community and heritage groups to place a more prominent plaque [and remove the one that was then in place].

Jill with the support of the Mayor Councillor Derek Burke and the Sheriff Councillor Jacqui Rayment organised a replacement plaque. Jill took advice on the history of the hostel from Dr Andy Russel head of SCC Archaeology and Museums. An informal committee with John Avery representing CoSS, Graham Linecar representing SCAPPS, John Horton representing SCC Parks and Open Spaces and David Singh Roath representing the Asian ethnic communities met to discuss the plan. An agreed form of wording and further addition of a small herb garden representing a physic garden traditionally used by monks plus a information display panel as a form of treatment was the result.

  The Mayor, Councillor Derek Burke and the Mayoress Mrs Christina Burke  agreed to unveil the plaque on 2nd October 2012.

On 10th May 2013, the second stage of the commemoration took place and the mayor Councillor Derek Burke unveiled an Information Lectern Time of Compassion.

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Preparing for the new commemoration plaque. Image Jill GhanouniGuests at the commemoration ceremony [October 2012] Image Will TempleCommemorative Plaque for Leprosy Hospital Southampton Image Ann MacGillivrayThe Lectern unveiled [May 2013] image Will Temple]John Melody Town Crier leads the pipe band from the Civic Centre yo unveil the lectern May 2013. Image Ann MacGillivrayWill Temple and Arthur Jeffery of the City of Southampton Society at the unveiling ceremony May 2013 Image Ann MacGillivray
The Mayor Councillor Derek Burke about to unveil the plaque October 2012 Image Will Temple

snowfall Southampton Old Cemetery courtesy FoSOCSeamen's strike at Southampton 1966Royal Blues at Bournemouth c 1949 photo by Derek Amey local historians Jim Brown and John Avery deep in thought. Image Ann MacGillivray Veronica Tippetts addressing Court Leet Oct 2nd 2012. Image Will TempleJohn Melody Southampton Town Crier at Court Leet 2012. Image Will Temple