This road runs between Devonshire Road and Harborough Road in the Polygon area. The area was developed for housing after 1905 by John William Newcombe and his Newcombe Estates Company. Many of the streets in this area, including Kenilworth Road, were named after towns in Leicestershire and Warwickshire, areas with which Newcombe was connected. Kenilworth Road is notable for a series of ten carved heads of literary greats that adorn the fronts of ten houses (nos. 8-22) on the south side of the road. They were carved in Bath Stone by Charles Henry Meadows, a local craftsman who for many years worked for Garret and Haysom, monumental stone masons of East Street. They were carved and fixed in position in 1909, soon after the houses in Kenilworth Road were built.

Carved head of William Shakespeare on 4 Kenilworth Road

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Photograph, 1941

See also

Further reading:

More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p20-26. (HS/h)


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