Spear Hall, situated in grounds of two acres on the west side of Portswood Road between modern-day Avenue Road and Alma Road, was built in about 1765 for William Bricknell. In 1814 it was bought by Charles Day, founder of the shipbuilding firm of Day, Summers & Co, who lived there until his death in 1849. It was later occupied by another shipbuilder, George Lungley, who remained there until about 1868. The house was demolished and the estate divided into building plots in c.1887. Spear Road was named after the house.

Spear Hall

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A pencil drawing by unknown artist, c.1846

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Further reading:
Lost Houses of Southampton, by Jessica Vale. (HS/i)
‘The Country Houses of Southampton’, by Jessica Vale in Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society, volume 39, 1983, p173, 181. (HS/i)
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p158. (HS/h)
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p54. (HS/h)


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