Regent's Park originated in the 1840s as a fashionable and elegant residential area centering on Regent’s Park Road in Millbrook. Originally named Regent Road, it contained a number of large villas with extensive grounds occupied by upper middle class families. The road was described by Philip Brannon in 1849 as a “gracefully winding road”. It had wrought iron gates at each end giving the impression of a private estate. The names of some of the houses, including Clifton, Claremont and Lansdowne, are remembered in modern street names.
‘Regent’s Park’, by D. A. Horsfall, in Essays on the History of Southampton, p164-173. (HS/h)
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p96-100. (HS/h)
Millbrook: The Hidden Past, by Rosaleen Wilkinson, p27-28, 13-14. (HS/h)
Southampton Occasional Notes 2nd series, by ‘Townsman’, p58. (HS/h)
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