This is the modern name for what was traditionally called Mousehole Lane in Millbrook. The name was changed in 1909 to honour the mayor, Richard Garrett Oakley. Oakley came from a long-established local family who had prospered as farmers and nurserymen in the Newtown area. In the late 19th century his father branched out into brick making in the Kingsland area. Richard Garrett Oakley made his fortune as a fruit merchant and shipping contactor. He became councillor for the Bevois ward in 1908 and was elected mayor the year after.

Further reading:
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p91-92. (HS/h)
Millbrook: The Hidden Past, by Rosaleen Wilkinson, p105. (HS/h)


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