St Michael's House was a public lodging house built by the town council in 1899 to house 168 homeless men. The slum clearances of the 1890s demolished most of the buildings in the Simnel Street / Blue Anchor Lane area, many of which were cheap lodging houses. St Michael's House replaced them. It was situated on the west side of Bugle Street and north of Blue Anchor Lane, and could be seen towering above the town walls on Western Esplanade (image below). It was demolished in the 1970s and modern houses now occupy the site.

St Michael's House

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St Michael’s House‘s Church. A postcard of the Arcade showing the lodging house above, c.1905

Further reading:
Southampton Reflections, by Jim Barnes, p36. (HS/h)
‘St Michael’s House from a different Perspective’, by Freda Molyneux, in Southampton Local History Forum Journal No. 9, Summer 2002, p13-14. (HS/h)


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