Plans have been submitted to upgrade a Southampton property named after a famous Victorian soldier.

General Charles Gordon stayed with his sister Augusta at Rockstone Place when he was on leave in Britain and is said to have regarded Southampton as his home.

The property, a Grade II-listed building, is now self-contained flats.

General Gordon was Governor of the Sudan from 1873 to 1880 and went back there in 1884 to put known a revolt by the religious leader known as the Mahdi.

He became trapped in Khartoum and died two days before a relief force arrived.

Now CGH Management has applied for listed building consent to replace a timber beam at Charles Gordon House and repair a set of external steps.

The application says: "The repairs and replacements are intended to replicate the material, design, and colour of the original. The work will enhance and ensure the continued preservation of the listed building."