Rest your drink on a witty slice of history! Our four Southampton History Illustrated Coasters reveal snippets of local trivia, so you can discover the city while you sit back and sip your tea or beer.
Southampton artist Aaron Jay created these illustrations exclusively for Made in Here. Aaron, whose style you may recognise from his Google Doodles, has a brilliant knack for giving personality to things and places.
Flip over each coaster to read the story behind the picture:
The ‘other way round’ (yellow)
A cartoon of Southampton’s medieval landmark, the Bargate. Flip over the coaster to read about how the Bargate inspired the design of Southampton’s 1920s trams, and then the 1930s trams… which bypassed the Bargate to go ‘the other way round’.
Beer money (purple)
This coaster tells the tale of the 18th century Southampton cowherd who sold beer to help pay the rent. His home is now The Cowherds – an enduringly popular pub in the heart of Southampton Common.
“So long, Speedwell” said Mayflower (blue)
This coaster is just one of Made in Here’s many unique gifts to pay tribute to the Pilgrim Fathers, who left Southampton for the New World in 1620. The Speedwell sprang a leak and stayed behind. Her passengers crammed onto the Mayflower, and arrived at Cape Cod 66 days later.
You can call me “sir” (green)
Southampton’s Old Bowling Green dates back to 1299, and is the world’s oldest bowling green still in use. Members play in top hats and tails for the annual Knighthood tournament, and the winner takes the title ‘Sir’!
Aaron Jay’s cartoons also feature on:
Southampton History Illustrated Cards variety pack of four (£4.95)
Mayflower & Speedwell Illustrated Coasters four-pack (£4.25)
Mayflower coasters (x4) plus pewter Mayflower pin badge (£5.95)
All our gifts are handmade by artisans here in the UK. Our Southampton History Illustrated Coasters are printed front and back on 100% eco-friendly board, and printed in a local printing press using vegetable-based inks. The tissue paper and stickers we wrap them in are biodegradable.
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