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HER Number:MSH3657
Type of Record:Monument
Name:Former Thornhill Park (house and grounds)
Grid Reference:SU 4686 1286
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Thornhill Park, built in 1825 and demolished 1923. House surrounded by gardens and larger estate. The estate lay south of what is now Thornhill Park Road. Some ancillary buildings may survive, and part of the grounds is now a public park, although most of the estate has been redeveloped for housing.

Protected Status: None recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • HER backup file (new series): MSH3657 ¬†Digital only, not yet shorted out and library linked.

Monument Types

  • COUNTRY HOUSE (extant, Post Medieval to Modern - 1825 AD to 1923 AD (throughout))
  • LANDSCAPE PARK (extant, Post Medieval to Modern - 1825 AD to 1923 AD (throughout))

Full description

[1][2]: Thornhill Park. 1825. Originally estate of c174ha (430 acres); c25ha (61.5 acres) were gardens; 1923 house demolished; lodge and some ancillary buildings remain.

[3]: Thornhill Park, built c1827, demolished 1923.

HER 1/6/10 & 24/6/10: Further details in listed sources not yet incorporated. The 1869/1881 map [6][7] shows the house and grounds surrounding the house (these cross two map squares), although the estate/park probably includes fields to the SE; further research is required to establish the exact extent of the estate. Apart from the house, the maps show other buildings including a summer house, two lodges and Thornhill Farm (apparently within the grounds) and also a walled garden. The estate lies south of what is now Thornhill Park Road. It is not clear from a comparison of late 19th century and currrent maps whether any buildings survive. One of the lodges survived until recently as 291* Upper Deacon Road (see MSH3870). In the GIS, a point has been placed over the site of the house, and a very rough polygon drawn for the grounds.

* Probably No 285.

[8]: Pillars from former Thornhill Park House, found in woods in 2013. (Location of pillars not yet plotted in HER.)

HER 24/3/2015: See email in backup file.

Sources / Further Reading

[1]SSH2560 - Digital archive: Hampshire County Council. 2007. Hampshire Register of Historic Parks and Gardens - Web Listing.
[2]SSH2561 - Bibliographic reference: Hampshire County Council. 2000. Hampshire Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
[3]SSH1251 - Article in serial: J Vale. 1983. The Country Houses of Southampton. PHFC&AS Vol 39, 1983, 171-190.
[4]SSH1270 - Bibliographic reference: J Vale. 1980. The Lost Houses of Southampton..
[5]SSH1247 - Bibliographic reference: AGK Leonard. 1984. Stories of Southampton Streets - The fascinating stories behind their names and their development..
[6]SSH3370 - Map: Ordnance Survey. 1869. OS Sheet 66.5 (Published in 1869). Paper. 1:2500.
[7]SSH1478 - Map: Ordnance Survey. 1881. OS Sheet 65.8 (Published in 1881). Paper. 1:2500.
[8]SSH4778 - Article in serial: R Andrews. 2013. Some remains of Thornhill Park House.. Westender, Vol 8 No 10, pp 10-11.

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events: None recorded

Related records

MSH3870Parent of: Former 291 (or 285) Upper Deacon Road

Associated Links: None recorded

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