Maddison Street, which runs from Castle Square to Albion Place in the Old Town, was named after the bankers Martin Maddison, elder and younger, who once lived in Castle Square. The elder Martin Maddison is listed in 1792 as a partner in the banking firm of Edwards, Harrison, Simpson and Maddison, which by 1803 had become the Southampton Commercial Bank. A few years later the title of another banking firm called Harrison, Maddison, Maddison and Smith suggests that the younger Martin Maddison had been taken into the partnership. The firm went through many changes of partners and names before finally emerging as the Union Banking Company, incorporated into Lloyd’s Bank in the early 20th century.

The elder Maddison died in 1835. The younger Maddison, who died in 1851, appears to have been his nephew rather than his son. The elder Martin Maddison held a number of official positions in the town, although he never reached the position of mayor.


Further reading:

Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p28-30. (HS/h)
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p 33. (HS/h)


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