Hollybrook House was built in 1836 by local architect William Hinves for Nathaniel Newman Jefferys. It was built on land that had been part of Shirley Common and Shirley Warren. Jefferys acquired the land following enclosure in 1830. He subsequently enlarged the estate with piecemeal acquisitions until it was a sizeable 200 acres to the north of Winchester Road. He died in 1873, after which the house was occupied by Alfred Seymour, after whom Seymour Road is named. In 1912, with the addition of new buildings, the house became a home for pauper boys and parcels of estate land were periodically sold off for housing development. In 1930 the buildings were taken over by the Borough Education Committee and converted to a children's home. The home was closed in 1945 and the house itself, which was situated in the vicinity of Malwood Avenue, was demolished in 1950. The gateway and part of the carriage drive still survive beside Seymour Road.
Lost Houses of Southampton, by Jessica Vale. (HS/i)
‘The Country Houses of Southampton’, by Jessica Vale in Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society, volume 39, 1983, p179, 185. (HS/i)
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p102-107. (HS/h)
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