Life in Eastleigh: Through the Lens

This exhibition was on display in Eastleigh Museum from 12 September 2020 but was sadly cut short with the announcement of the second national lockdown. We have created an online version of the exhibition, in case you missed it!

Immerse yourself in over 100 years of work, rest and play in the Eastleigh borough through black and white photographs.

This selection of photographs has been selected from the Hampshire Cultural Trust photographic collection, transporting us back in time to the heyday of the railway in Eastleigh.


Wedding party photograph of Bishopstoke family
Bishopstoke River Carnival, 1912. After a break of nearly 40 years the Carnival was reinstated in 1997
Eastleigh Boys Brigade outside the Wesleyan Chapel, 1920. The building was demolished in the early 1980’s
Eastleigh Locomotive Works, Eastleigh Railway Works, c1939
Postcard of High Street, Eastleigh, c.1909
Pupils outside North Stoneham School, 1905-1915, the school was built in 1876. The building is now home to the Concorde Club.
Postcard of Leigh Road, Eastleigh, c.1935
View of Eastleigh Railway Station, c.1900. The images has been written on at some point to note that the canopy outside the station was removed in 1960.
Group outside of the Salvation Army Barracks, High St, Eastleigh, c.1894


Postcard, ‘After The Fire’ at a cigarette factory, High Street, Eastleigh
Boy with milk cart and horses, from J Dixey Dairy, Bishopstoke
Building New Police Station, Leigh Road, Eastleigh. The police station was closed in 2019 after continuous use as a police station for 85 years
Eastleigh Fire Brigade leaving Hen Sting Lane after the fire, 16 September 1905
Eastleigh Railway Wagon Shop, Eastleigh Railway Works, 1921.
Empire Meat Supplies shop Christmas display, c1900
Interior view of Eastleigh Railway Wagon Shop, Eastleigh Railway Works
London and South Western Railway Gangers. Gangers was the term used for labourers who worked on the railway.
London and South Western Railway, 4-4-0 Locomotive Engine at Eastleigh Railway Works. The numbers 4-4-0 relate to the wheel arrangement.
Eastleigh Railway Pattern Shop, Eastleigh Railway Works, 1921. The Pattern Shop was where moulds were created to make metal parts. The parts were used in the assembly or repair of locomotive engines.
Eastleigh Railway Saw Mill, Eastleigh Railway Works, c.1930.
Shop front of H I Simmons Bakery, Market Street, Eastleigh, 1900-1910.


Local residents at a Celebration of Coronation George V and Queen Mary in the Paint Shop at Eastleigh Railway Works, 1910
Eastleigh Athletic Football Club, 1923
Eastleigh Gymnastics Group, c.1930
Windmill and greenhouses at the Axford Market Garden, Fair Oak, Eastleigh. John Edward Axford is leaning against the greenhouse and his son Gilbert is at the top of the windmill, c.1900
London and South Western Railway Works Band, 1909
Methodist Church Sunday School outing, Burrell Engine pulling three trailers, Burnett Lane, Horton Heath, 1898
R H Sarsfield standing outside the Picture House, 1 Market Street, Eastleigh, 1925. The Picture House was a cinema and theatre opened in 1911. R H Sarsfield was known as the 'Globe Trotting ANZAC'. His theatre act included singing, comic routines and mimicry.
Eastleigh & Stoneham Motorcycle & Car Club, c.1920

If you have enjoyed Culture on Call and you are able to make a donation, please click the link below. Any support you can give will help us keep communities connected to culture in these difficult times.

Donate Now | Hampshire Cultural Trust
Our venues are safe and inclusive spaces that provide great cultural experiences at the heart of our communities and connect everyone to Hampshire’s rich heritage.We welcome over 700,000 visitors to our venues each year and also work with over 2,000 people annually who are vulnerable or who otherwi…
This article was written by:
Author image

Emma Banks

Collections Programme Manager
You've successfully subscribed to Culture on Call
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to Culture on Call
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.