Highfield is that district of Portswood lying east of the north sector of the Common, between Hampton Park to the north east and Westwood Park to the south. Its significant features are Highfield Lane to the south and the University which occupies most of the north sector. The name presumably indicates the most elevated of Portswood's common fields. In 19th century directories the name is applied to the houses on the east side of the Common towards the north end.

Highfield Lane runs from Portswood Road to the Common. It is a traditional way, presumably used by the Portswood inhabitants in exercising their rights of common pasture. It has occasionally been called Highfield Road. In the 19th century the stretch north west of Church Lane was called Church Road.

Further reading:

Highfield: A Village Remembered, by John Edgar Mann. (HS/h)
'Highfield - Not just a Pretty Face', by John Edgar Mann, in Hampshire, Vol 37, no 7, May 1997, p19-21 (H/y)


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