This lane joins College Place to Bevois Valley Road, thus perpetuating the line of the traditional highway to London via Portswood Road. The lane occupies what appears to be a natural gulley or stream bed: hence perhaps the name. The earliest form recorded, from 1271, is Rokesden, the name of a hamlet. Presumably den here signifies dene or dell, while Roke is possibly the proper name Hroc.


Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p51, 73. (HS/h)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 16, p22. (HS/f)


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