Bedford Place is the street west of London Road and nearly parallel with it, running north-south from Cumberland Place to Carlton Crescent. The whole street is broadly ‘Regency’, in the general sense of early 19th century, in character. It seems to have been developed between 1820-1840 in a piecemeal way. Some of the original early 19th century buildings are still standing including a row of houses, 74-76, on the west side of the street (Image 2), the trio of houses to the south of Carlton Crescent, Carlton Lodge, Bedford Cottage and Wilton Lodge (image 1), Bedford's public house, formerly the Bedford Hotel, 51 Bedford Place, also known as Arvon Lodge (image 3), 50 Bedford Place, 73 Bedford Place on the corner of Canton Street and nos. 71 and 81a Bedford Place. All are Grade II listed except no. 55.
Bedford Place was named after the Dukes of Bedford, former owners of the land on which the street was built.
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p55. (HS/h)
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, 28, 29. (HS/h)
Building Stones of Southampton, by Anthony Wadham, p11-13. (HS/i)
Building of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p561. (H/i)
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