By her will of 1665 Katherine Wulfris bequeathed the income from an orchard, then let at an annual rent of £2, to the churchwardens of Holy Rood parish “for clothing and placing out of one poor maid to some apprenticeship or service”. This orchard was on a field known as Giddy Bridge and was situated at the junction of London Road and modern day Brunswick Place. A century later it was leased to Nathaniel St. Andre and became part of his Bellevue estate. From 1795 it was leased for 99 years to John Simpkin, who began erecting buildings on what was to become Brunswick Place, thus greatly enhancing the rental income. By 1803 the Holyrood churchwardens were apprenticing six children at £8 each. On the expiry of the lease in 1894 the properties reverted to the Wulfris trustees, who were able to use the extra income to extend their charitable work. Later in the 20th century the trustees sold off the properties and administered their increased income from the resulting capital investments.

Further reading:
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p62-67. (HS/h)


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