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Three Go Wall Climbing

By pamelajean
(The start of a mini series from Southampton).

OK, itís not FIVE, but a bit like an Enid Blyton adventure nevertheless.

Sitting beside The Bargate, a medieval gateway in Southampton, I watched these intrepid youths climbing up and down the wall.
Iíll admit to being worried about them falling, but found their mum, who said they do this often.

The Bargate was built c.1180, and constructed of stone and flint. Itís Grade 1 listed, constructed in Norman times as part of the Southampton town walls, and was the main gateway to the city.

2 pictures, the version, a different image, is to give you a wider view of the gateway side wall.

I was delighted with the response to my peonies picture, and with all of those lovely User Awards.


Tags: City Landmark Southampton Wall Historic Medieval Boys Portraits and people The old town Hampshire England City Gateway

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Fefe Plus
11 81 46 United Kingdom
25 May 2022 5:49PM
So brave to do that, I would be petrified they would fall too.
Looks like they are good at it though Smile
hobbo Plus
11 1.8k 4 England
25 May 2022 6:23PM

A great shot, with many memoriesÖ

My son used to love doing that on the Outer curtain walls of Kenilworth Castle, he used to copy adult climbing enthusiast who had all the proper gearÖ he used to scare me to death.
It was eventually stopped by English HeritageÖ.quite rightly..

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
25 May 2022 6:32PM
Well at least the Bargate is being put to a good use - when we were last there in 2018 it seemed to be serving as the town's weekend overflow urinal, and I can't remember when we last saw the museum open. The area around the Bargate was derelict, but I have heard that it has picked up.
Terrific fun. Though I do always worry that those baggy shorts will fall down at an inconvenient moment... Wink
LynneJoyce Plus
14 22 101 United Kingdom
25 May 2022 7:13PM
Good for them and good for their mum for letting them enjoy adventurous play.
Badgerfred 15 39 Wales
25 May 2022 7:20PM
Excellent bit of action Pamela, like both versions,
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
25 May 2022 7:26PM
I have seen climbing walls deliberately built for youngsters to climb-- VERY scary idea-- but seems to be popular!
25 May 2022 7:38PM
boys will be boys nice to see in this pc correct time

Jasper87 Plus
12 3.2k 162 England
25 May 2022 8:26PM
I do like the diagonal line and context of the version.
bricurtis Plus
17 2.7k 53 England
25 May 2022 9:17PM
Good to see kids active - its quite a drop if one fell from the top - and yes the title does sound bookish.Smile
25 May 2022 9:28PM
Wonderful images of these adventurous young chaps, Pamela.

Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
25 May 2022 10:27PM
Brave climbers... Beautiful shots...
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
25 May 2022 10:30PM
Good for them! Frankly I'd use step ladders ... and only if I had to! 🙂
mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
26 May 2022 10:32AM
It is good to know the spirit of adventure is still active, Pamela. Great capture, with great colours and composition.
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
26 May 2022 2:16PM
Well, they could have made it easier and added some steps when they built it!! 😁 Not something I was keen to do when I was a lad, always afraid of falling and breaking bones, something I was good at 😳 Two fine candids, Pamela, the lead has us intrigued as to how far they have to climb, but like the wider view showing more of the architecture 😃👍🏻
Trev 😀
Excellent captures of them having fun Pamela.
capto Plus
10 7.1k 33 United Kingdom
29 May 2022 10:52PM
No fear at that age.Smile
6 Jun 2022 4:54PM
I imaging Mum prefers them there as opposed to driving her up the wall at home Pamela Ö.boys will boys Ö
Thx for sharing ..made my smile

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