Ridgemount was one of the large villas in Bassett, built in the mid 19th century for wealthy ‘carriage folk’. It had been demolished by 1940 and Ridgemount Avenue was later named after it. The house stood on the west side of Bassett Avenue just to the north of where Ridgemount Avenue now runs. In the 1901 census Ridgemount had six live-in staff.

William Erasmus Darwin, the Southampton banker and eldest son of the great naturalist Charles Darwin, lived at Ridgemount from some time after 1871 until his wife's death in 1902.


Further reading:

Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p36, 38. (HS/h)


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