Situated on the north side of Mount Pleasant Road west of the railway, the Old Farmhouse was originally the farm house of Northam Manor. It was built in 1611 on the site of an earlier farmhouse that dated back to medieval times. Some of the stonework from the earlier building may still be evident. It was converted to a beerhouse in c.1852 and became a full public house later in the 19th century. It suffered minor bomb damage during World War Two and was restored soon after. There is a story that Oliver Cromwell (or his son, Richard) stayed at the farmhouse, but this has never been substantiated. It is Grade II* listed.
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p74. (HS/h)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p581. (H/i)
Southampton’s Historic Buildings, by R. J. Coles, p16. (HS/k)
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