Grove Place is a large former country house situated off Upton Lane in Nursling. It was built for James Paget in the mid-16th century in a combination of brick and stone. From the middle of the 18th century the property was owned by the Mill family and leased to various people including Sir Charles Rich who later owned Shirley House. In 1813 it was acquired by Dr. Edward Middleton who converted the house into a ‘lunatic asylum’. In 1860 it was bought by Lord Palmerston of the nearby Broadlands estate and let to a local farming family. In 1895 it was bought by Colonel Bulmer who carried out extensive renovation work. During World War Two it was used to house some Ordnance Survey records and in 1967 it became the Northcliffe School. In 1997 the Atherley School, formerly situated in Hill Lane, took over the premises. In 2006 the school moved out, and the building is now (2017) retirement apartments and a care home for older people. It is Grade I listed.

Grove Place, 1850

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Philip Brannon’s engraving of Grove Place, c1850

Grove Place, 1920

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Photograph, c1920

Further reading:

Lost Houses of Southampton, by Jessica Vale. (HS/i)
Country Houses of Southampton, by Jessica Vale in Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society, volume 39, 1983, p172, 180, 181, 185, 186. (HS/i)


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