Lordswood House was situated to the east of Coxford Road in Lordswood and named from the surrounding woodland. The early history of the house, including its date of build, is not known, but it is thought that it was originally an early-nineteenth century hunting lodge. It was owned by the Barker-Mill family, who also owned Mottisfont Abbey; two of the fireplaces in Lordswood House were thought to have originally come from Mottisfont. In the middle of the 19th century it was considerably enlarged and rebuilt in the style of a Swiss chalet. For much of its history it was occupied by General Sir Neville Chamberlain (not to be confused with the late Prime Minister) who came to Lordswood in the 1870s and died there in 1902. It was converted to a hotel in the 1920s and later into a riding school. It was demolished in 1972.

Lordswood House

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Photograph, c.1950

Further reading:

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, p184, 186. (HS/i)
Coxford Ward and Shirley Warren, by Jean Cook, pF6-F7. (HS/f)


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