John Simpkins was the local property developer who, in 1792, acquired the lease of the “piece of garden”, part of the Wulfris Bequest, on which he and architect John Plaw built Brunswick Place. In 1803 Simpkins was listed in the local directory as living at the Coach and Horses in Above Bar Street, but by the time of his death in 1815 he was occupying the substantial property Spring Place near the corner of Commercial Road and Hill Lane.

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Further reading:
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p62. (HS/h)


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