The more northerly of two lanes (the other being Orchard Street) now covered by Bargate Street. The traditional associations of the name Cold Harbour with Roman ruins, i.e. an unheated refuge from wind if not from rain, has no obvious application in this case. Another suggestion is that it may have been a corruption of the French col d'arbres, meaning a belt of trees. An early 19th century engraving of the Bargate by J. Tingle (image below), which he claims to have copied from an earlier print, does indeed show a clump of trees in this vicinity.

The Bargate by J Tingle

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On the right of the engraving is a clump of trees near the entrance to Cold Harbour Lane.


Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p86. (HS/h)


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