Southampton

Survey Training

Leaving home

A few days after passing my driving test I left home in early March 1969. Leaving Manchester Piccadilly, changing at Birmingham New Street (it was new then and just as inhuman) and then heading south I was slightly apprehensive. I was a home-bird - what had I done? After noticing that the landscape had changed dramatically eg the chalk cutting at Winchester station, the train soon arrived in Southampton. Following the instructions I took a bus to Bitterne Park and digs at 20 Whitworth Road.

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Opening of Maybush

As I arrived at Maybush for the first time on 11 March 1969 the buildings had been in use for several months. Staff had moved there from the temporary Chessington offices that were adopted when the Southampon London Road site was bombed during the 1940's.

Also the local Elmsleigh training school had moved to the new OS site. However the grounds still resembled a building site much as in this photo from the programme [photo: late 1968]:

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