This courtyard lay on the north side of Simnel Street, opposite the Malt House and was approached by a covered passage. The area consisted largely of cheap lodging houses and by the mid 19th century was one of the worst slums in the town. The 1893 Dilapidated Housing Report describes Silkshop Yard: “The whole place at the time of the visit was found to be in a filthy and unhealthy state”. Much of the housing in Simnel Street and its courts was demolished in the 1890s. Silk Shop Yard seems to have survived until 1910.

Silk Shop Yard

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Silk Shop Yard. Watercolour by W. M. Cooper, c.1895

Further reading:
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 16, p15. (HS/f)


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