Nuns from the Catholic order of the Sisters of Nazareth came to Southampton in 1923, occupying Springhill Court on Hill Lane and renaming it Nazareth House. In subsequent years the buildings were extended and the work of the nuns developed into three distinct areas: caring for deprived children, looking after unmarried mothers and their babies, and providing housing for the elderly. The original buildings were destroyed during the Blitz of 1940 and the new Nazareth House was built on the same site in the 1950s. Its unmarried mother wing was closed down in 1985, and in 2000, with numbers of inmates dwindling, the premises were sold off to property developers.


Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes 2nd series, by ‘Townsman’, p25. (HS/h)


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