1) The oldest route ran along Above Bar Street / London Road / Bellevue Terrace / Rockstone Lane / Bevois Valley / Bevois Hill / Portswood Road / Swaythling High Road: with alternative routes via North Stoneham or via Twyford.

2) A route, well-established by the early 13th century, passed along the Avenue to the Common gate, then skirted the Common's eastern margin to Burlstone. From here there was presumably a choice of route by North Stoneham or Twyford.

3) Presumably evolving from the second alternative, the direct route across the Common was opened up by the 16th century to the detriment of the grazing. This route with its northward extension was eventually turnpiked and is today the main road to London.


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