Oakley and Watling, High Street, Southampton

The Oakley and Watling building in Southampton High Street

The Oakley and Watling building in Southampton High Street

The Oakley and Watling building in Southampton High Street, pictured in the early 20th century

The Oakley and Watling building in Southampton High Street

First published in Locations Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Digital Editor

Now an Indian restaurant, the building's facade still gives a hint of what used to go on here.

Look up at the building and you'll notice that it is decorated with stone fruit.

Back in 1912, this was Oakley and Watling, which provided all the fresh fruit and produce for the ships at Southampton docks.

All the meals that were prepared on board Titanic were done using fruit and vegetables that came from this building.

Though this is now an Indian restaurant, fruit is still delivered from the area at the rear of the building and a new fresh fruit and veg market is planned for the site, too.

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