At the beginning of our research for the Mayflower Project I had the pleasure of being taken on a guided tour of Southampton’s Medieval City Walls with SeeSouthampton.
It was a really great experience as almost half of the walls are still standing. A number of the original towers and defensive features still exists as well as the merchants vaults. These would have been on the original wharf’s that faced onto West Bay. During World War II these vaults were used as air raid shelters. West Bay was reclaimed and filled in during the 1930’s and is now the site of the cruise ship terminal, Grand Harbour Hotel and many different shops and the West Quay shopping centre. The blog posting and pictures of that walking tour can be seen here.
After the tour I had the chance to meet Geoffrey Wheeler and talk about he became a qualified Institute of Tourist Guiding Green Badge holder. We also spoke about his family background and his experience of guiding in Southampton.
During our chat he explained some of the interesting experiences he has had when on his walks with members of the public.
We also spoke about the Mayflower 400 walk and the preparation SeeSouthampton are undertaking to be ready for 2020 which will be the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower and her sister ship The Speedwell leaving Southampton for America.
To listen to Geoffrey click the play button below: