Results 1 to 27 of 27

Thread: Southampton Zoo and other places I miss...

  1. Default Southampton Zoo and other places I miss...

    The escaping elephant:


    The smoking Monkey:



    Another place, long gone, which was also a veritable oasis of contagious disease was the Lido:



    Who remembers to one legged bloke that used hop up to the top diving board and perform a perfect swallow dive?

    The good old (bizarre) days...

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Southampton
    Posts
    18,152

    Default

    The Dell.

  3. #3

    Default

    I remember the Smoking Monkey, James.

    Also witnessing the Penguins with diahorrea on one visit in the 1970's.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near Exeter
    Posts
    4,633

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    I remember the Smoking Monkey, James.

    Also witnessing the Penguins with diahorrea on one visit in the 1970's.
    Yes, fond memories of the zoo, although I doubt from an adult perspective now that the animals were as well looked after as they should have been. Ocean Village - Los Marinos and Schooners were favourite teenage/early 20s haunts. Had some fun in Thursdays, Dog and Duck and Spa Tavern. Obviously the Dell but was well past itís sell by date post Taylor Report and in PL era. Central Baths good memories and that huge window of the deep end as you went in. Many notable physical landmarks gone

    Pirelliís
    Solent Flour Mills under threat
    Vospers - a constant in my early childhood in Woolston. Woolston still feels bereft without it
    That UBM tower at Antelope Park you could see from all over Sholing
    Parkside Tavern - very comfy boozer with well kept Marsdens and great jukebox
    Polygon Hotel
    Independent sports shops - Toomers (much missed poster) and Connor and Waterhouse in Woolston (?)

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near Exeter
    Posts
    4,633

    Default

    There was also an aviary in the parks until the early 1990s.

    Ice rink as well, despite many false dawns amazing it was never replaced.

    Southampton muni golf course still around but did the ski slope survive having not been to that part of the city for donkey’s years?

  6. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by saint1977 View Post
    There was also an aviary in the parks until the early 1990s.

    Ice rink as well, despite many false dawns amazing it was never replaced.

    Southampton muni golf course still around but did the ski slope survive having not been to that part of the city for donkey’s years?
    The ski slope is still teaching generations the art of falling down with style.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Windsor...ish.
    Posts
    12,697

    Default

    Did anyone go to Tucktonia in Christchurch? I have very vague memories of being on a little train there.

  8. #8

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by saint1977 View Post
    There was also an aviary in the parks until the early 1990s.

    Ice rink as well, despite many false dawns amazing it was never replaced.

    Southampton muni golf course still around but did the ski slope survive having not been to that part of the city for donkeyís years?
    I remember the lovely smell from the coffee shop by the aviary when I were a lad

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Cusp of a wave
    Posts
    19,107

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by whelk View Post
    I remember the lovely smell from the coffee shop by the aviary when I were a lad
    Yep - Importers. Would do a roaring trade now

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    5 metres outside the detailed bit on Google Earth
    Posts
    3,888

    Default

    I remember loving going to the zoo as a small kid in the seventies, then stopping in there once when I cycled to Southampton in the eighties. The world had changed and zoos had moved on and away from tiny concrete and steel enclosures, but sadly Southampton zoo hadn't. It was one of the most depressing things I had seen and the animals looked sick and neglected. I think it was the last time I saw an old fashioned zoo like that.

    Somebody mentioned Tucktonia, that place seemed like Alton Towers to me when I was young. Can't remember there actually being much there now. They had cool boats though.

  11. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by saint1977 View Post
    Connor and Waterhouse in Woolston (?)
    Waterhouse and Conning. I spent pretty much every pound I earned in that shop on fishing tackle and sports kit.

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    CHELSEA
    Posts
    1,492

    Default

    The docks with the ocean liners in 1960’s and 70’s. It’s definitely not the same today......

  13. #13

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Guided Missile View Post
    The escaping elephant:


    The smoking Monkey:



    Another place, long gone, which was also a veritable oasis of contagious disease was the Lido:



    Who remembers to one legged bloke that used hop up to the top diving board and perform a perfect swallow dive?

    The good old (bizarre) days...
    Glad you got a pic of the smoking monkey.
    I'm sure my wife thought I was mad when I told about it!

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    5 metres outside the detailed bit on Google Earth
    Posts
    3,888

    Default

    That's not a monkey.

    Yeah, I'm a pedant

  15. #15

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near Exeter
    Posts
    4,633

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Guided Missile View Post
    Waterhouse and Conning. I spent pretty much every pound I earned in that shop on fishing tackle and sports kit.
    That's it, well remembered. Excellent little shop that one, much preferable to Sports Direct.

    Another Southampton landmark which disappeared in the 1990s was the Rolling Mills in Woolston/Weston Shore which was huge. Very visible from the pitch and putt on Weston Shore. Very few photos of it online but there are a couple here: https://www.slideshare.net/IonApollo...n-weston-shore

    I saw someone mentioned Tucktonia, just about remember it. Initially very successful until Alton Towers and a revamped Chessington blew it out of the water. A couple of articles here
    https://www.dorsetlife.co.uk/2018/04...-to-tucktonia/
    https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/ne...ittle-britain/

  16. #16

    Default

    Can't believe nobody's mentioned the Woolston Ferry!

  17. #17

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Cusp of a wave
    Posts
    19,107

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by norwaysaint View Post
    Somebody mentioned Tucktonia, that place seemed like Alton Towers to me when I was young. Can't remember there actually being much there now. They had cool boats though.
    Never went, but it seemed to be fun


  18. #18

    Default

    Banister Court Stadium.

    Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk

  19. #19

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near Exeter
    Posts
    4,633

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SW5 SAINT View Post
    The docks with the ocean liners in 1960ís and 70ís. Itís definitely not the same today......
    You arenít Campbell McCutcheon are you? He wrote a book called Port of Southampton in the 60s and 70s. Seven quid on Kindle, has been on my wish list for a while. I do have Mike Rousselís Southampton Maritime City on ocean liners, was a good read.

    Saintquin - I did think about the Woolston Ferry but before my time (not by that much mind).

    Tim - cheers for the Tucktonia clip, will have a watch of that.

    Socially, have heard a lot of people say they missed the Top Rank over the years.

    There used to be a great trio of pubs in St Denys - one burnt down (Junction), one closed (Dolphin) which was a great pub and only SW Arms was going last time I looked/visited friends and met them there.

  20. #20

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Guided Missile View Post
    The ski slope is still teaching generations the art of falling down with style.
    on the original matting by the look of it

  21. Default

    • The Pier on a Thursday Night
    • The County Ground
    • The Top Rank on a Tuesday Night
    • The Tiberius
    • Tyrell & Greens Cafe
    • The Bierkeller
    • Los Marinos
    • Chocolate Boxes at the Dell
    • The Seaweed Hut

  22. #22

    Default

    The coffee shop just up from Tyrell & Green.

  23. #23

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Sandwich, Kent
    Posts
    3,066

    Default

    The old man in Above Bar selling the Echo. 'Echo!'.... repeat.

  24. #24

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Southampton
    Posts
    18,152

    Default

    Kaos

  25. #25

    Default

    Subway Records.

  26. #26

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by saintquin View Post
    Can't believe nobody's mentioned the Woolston Ferry!
    That eventually became 'Floaters'

  27. Default

    The Avenue pub.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •