It was five years in the making, but was well worth the wait – the FoSJP History Team’s book “St.James’ Park – From Shirley Rec to Renovation, 1907‑2014” was published in February 2015.

The book is a colour publication full of photographs, old postcards, and fascinating information about the Park and the local area. It contains a potted history of the Park, the story of those Edwardians who strived to provide a Recreation Ground for Shirley, a 1907 photo of the original Recreation Ground opening, the story behind how FoSJPwas started, the Park’s renovation, and memories and photos of the Park from 1920 to the present day.

The book was launched on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at a special invitation afternoon tea event. A formal reception was held on Wednesday 1st April 2015 at Southampton Civic Centre to present copies of the book to the City of Southampton.

The book is available in local libraries, and can be purchased at £19.99 from Shirley Parish Office, 133 Church Street, Southampton; from the ParkLife Café in St.James’ Park; or from October Books in Portswood, Southampton. It can also be ordered from Waterstones at West Quay, Southampton, or purchased online at an RRP of £19.99 + p&p from Lulu Press.

All profits from this book will go to FoSJP to help produce more books
and to contribute towards community projects.

The Daily Echo said on Saturday 18th April 2015:

“It is quite simply one of the best local history books about Southampton…”