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

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Regent’s Park. Philip Brannon’s view of Regent’s Park in the 1850s.

Further reading:

‘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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