History

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  • History & Historical Maps

    History & Historical MapsThe site: Highfield House The Oakmount Triangle was built in the early part of the twentieth century on the site of Highfield House and its triangular shaped grounds (The High Field – possibly Hay Field originally) which bordered to the  south east with Westwood House, to the north east with Oakmount and to the west with Southampton Common. Highfield House itself originated about 1810. This ... Read more…
  • John Smith

    John SmithJohn Smith (1855-1926) was a controversial figure. Described as leading a quiet life and being connected with the Congregational Church on the Avenue, he was absorbed in his construction business. ‘By enterprise and keen business acumen’ he expanded his firm into probably the ‘largest of its kind in Southampton’. At his death, it was estimated that in over thirty years ... Read more…
  • Development

    Development When John Smith and his associates bought the Highfield House Estate, it had been advertised as ‘offering to Building Societies, Syndicates, Speculators, and others a splendid chance of purchasing for immediate development, as the estate possesses, unquestionably, building features of a most exceptional and valuable character, rarely to be met with’. Although the area was still considered to be largely rural, ... Read more…
  • Oakmount Triangle oral histories and documents.

    Oakmount Triangle oral histories and documents.I am interested in compiling some audio recordings of any residents (or ex residents) with stories to tell about the Triangle in days gone by. If you, a friend or relative can remember any snippets of local interest, local characters, anecdotes etc. please contact us. I would like to publish these as audio files, any documents or photographs are also welcome. Read more…