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Famous residents of Portswood and Highfield

Famous residents of Portswood and Highfield In 1851, Portswood was a rural area with cottages lining Portswood Road on the east and Portswood Lodge on the west. This was the home of Walter Taylor who manufactured pulley blocks and pumps for the Royal Navy at Woodmill. Taylor’s blocks contributed to Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar as they gave his ships greater manoeuvrability and...
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Nipper the HMV dog

Seen in the Sunday Mail of 9 November 2014: The Highfield House Hotel is a major landmark in the story of Nipper, the HMV dog. Click image below to see full size...
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Highfield – the Village

The map of Highfield below, which appeared in a commemorative booklet by Martin Dedman entitled ‘Highfield Church 1847-1997: A Story of Growth, Change and Development’, shows that the boundaries of the parish of Highfield are more extensive than many people imagine. These boundary lines, however, have been hotly disputed over the years but, for our purposes, form a baseline for our historical...
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