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Continuing ‘Streetwatch’, a history of Southampton roads. This includes Wessex and Connaught Halls of Residence

Continuing ‘Streetwatch’, a history of Southampton roads. This includes Wessex and Connaught Halls of Residence.
Streetwatch
I’m looking at an area east of Thomas Lewis Way, west of Monks Brook, and south down to Woodmill.
MONKSBROOK: Wikipedia says: “Monks Brook was documented in a charter in 932, in which King Athelstan granted the estate of North Stoneham to a man named Alfred. In this charter, Monks Brook was used as the boundary of the estate. It is thought the brook was created in Saxon times to prevent flooding of a field associated with South Stoneham. The river took its current name much later, however, from the monks of Hyde Abbey near Winchester, who were the owners of the North Stoneham Estate in the 14th century. Originally the name only applied to the northern portion of the brook, with the southern reaches referred to as “Swaethling Well”, in a charter relating to South Stoneham in 1045. The Old English word Swaethling is believed to mean “misty stream”.”
WESSEX LANE. This seems simple enough, but although the street is there on old maps, there’s no name attached to it. Wessex was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in the south of Great Britain, from 519 until England was unified by Æthelstan in 927. Cnut the Great, who conquered England in 1016, created the wealthy and powerful earldom of Wessex, but in 1066, Harold Godwinson reunited the earldom with the crown, and Wessex ceased to exist. I’m not sure when or why the name of “Wessex” was revived or attached to this road – was it recently?
WESSEX LANE HALLS OF RESIDENCE – no name for these roads as far as I can see, just names for the Halls.
ERIC MEADUS CLOSE. Eric Meadus (1931–1970) was an English artist, whose work was exhibited in the Royal Academy and Paris Salon. He was born in Rigby Road, Southampton, but his family soon moved to Lobelia Road in the ‘Flower Roads’ at Swaythling. He attended King Edward VI School, Southampton, and later worked for Pirelli General, where he provided cartoons for their house magazine Cable. He first exhibited in a mixed show at the City Art Gallery. L.S. Lowry met him in 1965 and encouraged him. I have attached a couple of his pictures – I believe the first is the Flower Roads.
WESTBROOK WAY; presumably named from being west of Monks Brook.
HAVENSTONE WAY. The Havenstone marked one of the town’s traditional boundaries, on waste ground south of Woodmill Lane, on the west bank of the River Itchen, between the river and the railway – so some way from the current named road. Presumably Haven is from ‘Afon’, meaning a river. See Southampton Guide, Steve Roberts, one of the main contributors to this page, posted in 2017: “In 2015, I was kindly allowed to visit the site of one of Southampton’s ancient boundary markers, in Swaythling. It is marked with a concrete post and a plaque, on the bank of the Itchen, southeast of the Woodmill canoe centre (see Picture 4). The site is marked on the 1912 Southampton map in Sea City Museum.”(Picture 5).
FARMERY CLOSE. I have no explanation for this. There are some unnamed buildings here on older maps.
BANKSIDE is close to Monks Brook. Presumably just the side of the riverbank?
FRIARS WAY; presumably taken from Monks Brook.
ST. MARYS CHURCH CLOSE has St. Marys Church at the end, which we’ve posted about recently.
WOODMILL LANE. For those who are not familiar with the area, there was a Mill for very many years at the point where the Lane crosses the Itchen. The most recent version is now the Woodmill Outdoor Activity Centre, mentioned above, under Havenstone Way.
MEAD CRESCENT and OLIVER ROAD. This area was once called Oliver’s Mead, said to come from a link to Oliver Cromwell. Perhaps someone can help with more information?