New Place House stood on the piece of land between Bedford Place, Cumberland Place, London Road and Waterloo Terrace. It was probably built just before 1800: it is shown on maps of 1800 and 1802, but not on Milne's map of 1791. In 1849 the house was described in sales particulars (see clipping below) as a “very valuable freehold mansion…a substantial uniform building with two wings….. well calculated for a large establishment”. The house comprised three storeys and a basement. It featured a dining room, library, breakfast parlour and kitchens on the ground floor with drawing rooms, ten bedrooms and dressing rooms on the floors above. It was situated in a garden with a carriage drive, a stable block, coach house and greenhouses. A succession of notable people owned and lived at the house during the 19th century. In 1891 it was purchased by the corporation and demolished to make way for the town’s first purpose-built public library.

Newspaper clipping:

Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p41. (HS/h)
‘New Place House, Southampton’, by A. G. K. Leonard, in Southampton Local History Forum Journal No. 10, Spring 2003 p1-12. (HS/h)


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