The Saltmarsh was the old district bounded by Chapel Road to the north, Terminus Terrace to the west, Canute Road to the south and the Itchen River to the east. Its area approximated to the pre-Conquest lagoon and its successor, the medieval salt marsh used as the town's first common grazing land. While the east end retained tidal ponds to work the tidal mill at Chapel until modern times, the west end of the site - approached by Marsh Lane - was parcelled out as arable land by the 15th century. It was enclosed in 1507. It did not disappear from the town’s landscape until the mid 19th century with the coming of the new railway, which bisected the Saltmarsh. Terminus Station was built on the marsh, quickly followed by other streets and buildings.


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