Moira House (image 2)
A fine building of 1841 that formerly stood on the north corner of the junction of New Road with Above Bar Street and at the south end of Moira Place. Originally a private residence, it was converted into a shop in 1906, and became the property of the Co-op Permanent Building Society in 1956. By 1960 it was the only surviving building in Above Bar from the late Regency period of architectural style. Southampton Corporation placed a preservation order on the building but the owners contested this and it was not confirmed by the Ministry of Housing. The house was therefore demolished in 1962 (see clipping below).

Moira Place (image 1)
Moira Place was an 18th century terrace on the east side of Above Bar Street, immediately north of New Road. It was named after the Earl of Moira who commanded a British army during the wars with revolutionary France in the 1790s. Before this army departed for the continent it was assembled on Netley Common. The local man who provided the army with supplies also subsequently built Moira Place.

Upper Moira Place
In the 19th century this was situated on the east side of Above Bar Street, opposite where the Guildhall and Municipal block of the Civic Centre were later built.

1. Moira Place

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Philip Brannon’s view of c.1850, looking towards Moira Place from Prospect Place.

2. Moira House

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Photograph, 1941

Newspaper clipping:


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