Portland Terrace was developed from the mid 1820s as part of Richard Evamy’s scheme to develop the Portand Street / Portland Terrace area, plans which included the building of the Royal Victoria Assembly Rooms. Thomas Benham was architect and surveyor of Portland Street and Portland Terrace (although it is not clear how many of the houses in Portland Terrace were built to his designs). He may also have been the architect of the assembly rooms. A terrace of buildings (nos 8-16) from this period survives on the west side of Portland Terrace (images 1 and 3) and are now Grade II listed.

In the 19th century the stretch of Portland Terrace between Manchester and Bargate Streets was known as Middle Portland Terrace, while Upper Portland Terrace was the stretch running north from Manchester Street.

1. 8-16 Portland Terrace

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Photograph, 1941

2. Rear View of Portland Terrace

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An unusual rear view of Portland Terrace. Photograph, 1941

3. 8-16 Portland Terrace

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A modern photograph of the terrace surviving from the original development.

See also

Further reading:

Picture of Southampton (1849), by Philip Brannon, p25, 28 (HS/h)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p556. (H/i)
Building Stones of Southampton, by Anthony Wadham, p28. (HS/i)


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