History: Union Castle, Southampton

Did you know many of our serviced houses and apartments are steeped in history? Each week check out a property you could be staying in.

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The Union-Castle Line was a British shipping line that operated a fleet of passenger and cargo vessels travelling between Europe and Africa from 1900 to 1977. It was formed from the merger of the Union Line and Castle Shipping Line.

The Union Line was founded in 1853 as the Southampton Steam Shipping Company to transport coal from South Wales to Southampton. It was renamed the Union Steam Collier Company and then the Union Steamship Company. In 1857, renamed the Union Line, it won a contract to carry mail to South Africa. It’s headquarters based in Southampton docks, opposite South Western house.

With it’s modernisation it is hard to make out any of the office space that once occupied this listed building. Our duplex serviced property bears few hallmarks of days gone by but if you look carefully to the exterior of evidence of Union Castle’s existence can be found in plaque form.


Many of Union Castle’s vessels were named after fortresses around the world distinguished from their red funnels topped off in black. The line played a role in linking the Commonwealth countries, especially when it came to mail delivery. So much so the Royal Mail Line took over in 1911.

Today our spacious duplex property offers an airy and cosy feel to your stay. With a large double bedroom in the upper level you are surrounded in luxury and never too far away from other luxury serviced properties.


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