Walter Perkins, born in Southampton c.1834, the son of Richard Hopkins Perkins of Cumberland Place and the older brother of Sir Frederick Perkins, was an auctioneer turned property developer. He purchased the Portswood House (previously Portswood Lodge) estate in 1875 with a view to its eventual development. Prior to this he lived at Bowling Green House in Orchard Place. The Portswood House estate was enlarged by the purchase of lands between Highfield Lane and Brookvale Road. In 1895 he transferred the house to two of his daughters, but it continued to be the family home until Walter’s death in 1907. After this date the family subsequently sold off the estate for housing development and the house itself was demolished in 1923.

His son, Walter Frank Perkins, worked with him as a surveyor.

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Further reading:

Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p42-46. (HS/h)


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