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Some very interesting local history here about Saltmead. The salt meads were a series of meadows in 17th century Portswood, situated along the Itchen shore.

Courtesy of Southampton Hidden History.
SALTMEAD, Portswood. The Salt Meads were a series of meadows in 17th-century Portswood, situated along the Itchen Shore. Lower Salt Mead was in the vicinity of modern-day Aberdeen Road; Middle Salt Mead was in the vicinity of modern-day Kent Road; Upper Salt Mead was near the modern-day Belgrave Road area. Pete Cottrell says “The salt meadows were used for fattening cattle for sale. Early street directories show several butchers trading in North Portswood, in the row of shops south of The Brook, including the original premises of the Owton firm, still trading as wholesale butchers, who had a shop in Queensway in the ’70s, and were major suppliers to the liners”. Most of the area is now the Portswood Waste Water Treatment works (Picture 1), but with these houses and some access to the river to the south .