Southampton to Basingstoke

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Duration: 29 minutes

Assisted by his Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo embarks on a new journey from Southampton to Wolverhampton.

On this first leg he learns to set table aboard the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth before she sets sail and discovers how Cunard steamers began by transporting post across the Atlantic. He then heads to Netley, where he discovers the remains of an extensive military hospital built by order of Queen Victoria and from there to Basingstoke, where he finds out about a pitched battle between townspeople and the Salvation Army.

Credits

Presenter
Michael Portillo
Series Producer
Alison Kreps
Executive Producer
John Comerford

Broadcasts

Steam Railways Collection

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