James Weld (1785-1855) was owner of Archers Lodge near the Avenue for almost thirty years, first recorded there in 1824. He was a member of one of the foremost Roman Catholic families in the country. In Southampton James was a prominent Liberal politician and briefly sat on the town council. Although less famous than his elder brother Joseph Weld, John was a keen and successful yachtsman.

For a more detailed account see ‘James Weld (1785-1855): a brief biography of a Southampton yachtsman and politician’ (Southampton Occasional Papers, No. 13)


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