Jonas Nichols (1836-91), originally from Somerset, came to Southampton in 1859 and became a successful furniture maker, later branching out into property development and house building. He mainly built houses for working-class people in the area to the east of East Park which was later named Nichol's Town in his honour. Nichol's Road was also named after him. Some of the large houses in the Northlands Road area were also built by Nichols.

Newspaper clippings:

Jonas Nichols, Esq. - (Southern Reformer, 09/10/1880, incomplete)
Obituary and poem - (no source, ?Hampshire Chronicle, ?Southampton Times, probably 1891)
Southampton's Leaders in the Past - (Hampshire Advertiser, 18/02/1933)

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Further reading:
Roadshow: Newtown and Nichol’s Town, by Jean H. Cook, Chapter II, p6-7. (HS/h)
Southampton Memorials of Care for Man and Beast, by A. G. K. Leonard, p21-24. (HS/k)
Southern Reformer, 9 October 1880. (HS/y)


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