Roselands was a large red-brick house built by local schoolmaster turned brickmaker Richard Kimber in c.1873, shortly before the birth of his son, the future Sir Sidney Kimber. Charles Knott, the man behind the building of the speedway stadium in Banister Park, also lived at Roselands (see clipping below).

Roselands was situated in what was then Chapel Street in Highfield, but which was later (1903) renamed Chaplin Street. Roseland Gardens was built in the inter war years on land behind Roseland House, after which it was named. In those days Roseland Gardens was a cul-de-sac off Chaplin Street, but in the 1960s Chaplin Street was renamed as part of Roseland Gardens and the whole street was renumbered.


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Roselands, Highfield. Photograph, c1900

Newspaper clipping:

Further reading:
Highfield: a Village Remembered, by John Edgar Mann, p23-25. (HS/h)
Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p51-3. (HS/h)


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