Sidford was the district to the west and north west of Blechynden, approximately in the vicinity of the Central Station and Four Posts Hill. The name probably relates to the traditional crossing of the Rolles Brook at this point by the westward road out of Southampton, prior to the construction of Achard’s Bridge. Combined with the neighbouring hamlet of Hill, Sidford constituted a traditional tithing of the vil of Millbrook. It is clear that while Blechynden lay in traditional Southampton - east of Rolles Brook - Sidford on the west bank lay in Millbrook. In the 1930s ‘Townsman’ described Sidford as a picturesque village, so it had evidently maintained its rural charm well into the 20th century.

Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p77. (HS/h)


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