Testwood House is situated on Testwood Lane, north of Totton and therefore outside the borough boundary. It dates in part to the 15th century, the oldest part of the house being the kitchen wing. Much of the house dates from the Tudor period, while the current façade date is 18th century. The ownership of the property, which was formerly called Little Testwood House, has been traced back to 1482 when it was owned by Sir Richard Dayrell. In the 16th century it was owned by Henry VIII and his son Edward VI. In 1548 it passed to William Paulet and the Paulets were to remain at the house for the next three and a half centuries.

Testwood House

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Further reading:
Lost Houses of Southampton, by Jessica Vale. (HS/i)


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