This ‘Streetwatch’ gives some really interesting background to roads in the Highfield area

This ‘Streetwatch’ gives some really interesting background to roads in the Highfield area.
Almost a triangle, with Burgess Road in the north, down the Avenue and then Highfield Avenue / Lane in the west , and University Road / Church Lane in the south
HIGHFIELD is a part of Portswood lying east of the north sector of the Common, between Hampton Park to the north east, and Westwood Park to the south. Its significant features are Highfield Lane to the south, and the University, which occupies most of the north sector. Old maps of Southampton suggest that the name originates from “Hayfield”, or maybe indicates the most elevated of Portswood’s common fields. In 19th century directories, the name is applied to the houses on the east side of the Common, towards the north end.
HIGHFIELD AVENUE / HIGHFIELD LANE runs from the Common to Portswood Road. It’s a traditional way, maybe used by the Portswood inhabitants exercising their rights to pasture on the Common. It has occasionally been called Highfield Road. In the 19th century, the stretch north-west of Church Lane was called Church Road.
HIGHFIELD ROAD runs along the Avenue.
SALISBURY ROAD. Obviously not the road to Salisbury! Almost all of this is a part of the University, but there are some houses at the east end. Is it after the City? Or Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830 –1903) a British statesman who served as Prime Minister three times, for a total of over thirteen years. Southampton University Air Squadron is a unit of the Royal Air Force ,which provides basic flying training, adventurous training and personal development skills to undergraduate students at Boscombe Down, north of Salisbury.
FURZEDOWN ROAD & HAWTHORN ROAD . Were they trees here or house names?
CHAMBERLAIN ROAD. I suppose it’s Neville Chamberlain (1869 –1940) a British politician of the Conservative Party, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 to 1940. The Chamberlayne Family have many connections with Southampton, but mainly in the Woolston and Weston areas – and they’re spelled with a “Y”.
OAKHURST ROAD. Just a tree-related name? Couldn’t find a house, though it sounds like one.
HIGHCROWN STREET was just “Crown” Street on old maps.
ROSELANDS GARDENS. Roselands was a large red-brick house, built by local schoolmaster turned brickmaker Richard Kimber in c.1873, shortly before the birth of his son, the future Sir Sidney Kimber. He (Sydney) was the main driving force behind the construction of the Civic Centre, and the Clocktower (known as Kimber’s Chimney) which was completed in 1937, and the Sports Centre, completed in 1938. Roselands was situated at the end of what was then Chapel Street, but in 1903 was renamed Chaplin Street, after William Chaplin, a local businessman. Roseland Gardens was built in the inter-war years on land behind Roselands. Originally it was a cul-de-sac off Chaplin Street, but in the 1960s, Chaplin Street was renamed as part of Roseland Gardens.
CRANFORD WAY. Cranford is one of the better-known novels of the 19th-century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell, published in instalments, between 1851 and 1853. Cranford is a part of the Hounslow district of London, and a parish in Northamptonshire.
GLEBE COURT is part of the Uplands estate in Highfield, built by Herbert Collins in the 1920s and 1930s. It was built on land between Highfield Church and the Vicarage in the 1930s. This site was developed around three sides of a large square green. The buildings here are more formal and on a larger scale than the rest of the Uplands estate. “Glebe” is land owned in order to provide income, to pay parochial clergy. It was once part of a parish priest’s ancient freehold, and passed on from vicar to vicar, so perhaps this land belonged to the Church.
UNIVERSITY ROAD I guess needs no explanation.
CHURCH LANE has Highfield Church at the south end.
HILLDOWN ROAD. Highfield Farm was here, but no sign of a Hilldown.