This was the old manor house of Swaythling and was situated at the north end of Swaythling High Street at the junction of modern-day Bassett Green Road and Channels Farm Road. Not much is known about the house, except that, according to a 19th century writer, it was not a very impressive looking building. It is depicted on Isaac Taylor’s Map of Hampshire (1759) as a gabled Elizabethan or Jacobean mansion. An 18th century owner was Lord Hawke, famous naval commander and First Lord of the Admiralty, who lived there until his death in 1781. After his death John Fleming appears to have acquired the property and leased it to William Chamberlayne while Weston Grove was being built. The house had been demolished by 1802.

Section of Walter Taylor's Map of Hampshire, 1759

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Section of the map showing Swaythling House (centre).

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, p172, 180. (HS/i)


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