Cranbury Avenue
Cranbury Avenue runs east to west from Onslow Road to Derby Road. It dates back to the 1840s; the Town Map of 1845-46 shows the street with a few houses, although it is not yet named. It was named after Cranbury Park, the home of the Chamberlayne family who owned much of the land in the Newtown / Nicholstown area. A surviving terrace of houses on the south side of the street at its western end, nos. 1-11, was built in the 1840s and are Grade II listed.

1. 1-11 Cranbury Avenue

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Photograph, c.2000


Cranbury House
This was an early 19th century or possibly 18th century residential house which occupied the west angle between Rockstone Lane and Cranbury Place. After World War One it was acquired by the Y.M.C.A. and converted into a hostel. In the 1920s the house was restored and two new wings added by architect Herbert Collins. It was virtually destroyed during the Blitz in 1940 and subsequently closed down before being substantially rebuilt in the 1950s. The new building was officially opened by the Duke of Wellington in 1954.

2. Cranbury House

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Photograph, c.2000

3. Cranbury House

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Photographed in 1941 after the house was damaged by bombing


Cranbury Place
This street, which runs east from Asylum Green to Onslow Road, dates to before 1845: it is shown partly developed on the Town Map of 1845-46. Like Cranbury Avenue and Terrace it was named after Cranbury Park, the home of the Chamberlayne family who owned much of the land in the Newtown / Nicholstown area. A terrace of eight three-storey, yellow brick houses, nos 1-8 Cranbury Place, situated on the south side of the street at its western end were built c.1835. A similar house at no. 20 also dates from the early 19th century. All are Grade II listed.

The northern side of the street is occupied by Cranbury Terrace. (see below)

4. 1-8 Cranbury Place

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Photograph, c.2000

Cranbury Terrace
In the 19th century Cranbury Terrace occupied the north side of Cranbury Place east of Cranbury House. Most of the original early 19th century terrace survives and is Grade II listed.

5. Cranbury Terrace

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Photograph, c.2000


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Further reading:

Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p74 (HS/h)
Southampton Occasional Notes 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p74. (HS/h)


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