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Portland Street Southampton: A Hidden Georgian Gem

22nd September 2019

11:00 - View all performance times

Mutrend Lab , 2½ Portland Street

This event is a one-off special for Heritage Open Days 2019 (13-22 September). For more information about the 5,000 plus events taking place in England at this year's festival, please check-out the main Heritage Open Days website.**

MEET: Outside 2 and 1/2 Portland Street, SO14 7EB now home to Mu Collective.***

Join local social historian, Emma Muscat, to discover some of the incredible individuals who built, lived and traded in Portland Street, Southampton from 1828 until the present-day.

A majority of the houses on Portland Street were built between 1828 and 1832 by local saddler, hop merchant and Georgian property speculator, Richard Evamy (1765-1855). The south-side of Portland Street was completely destroyed in November, 1940 during the Southampton Blitz. 

Portland Street is a hidden architectural gem, located just off the main High Street. It is an excellent, surviving example of Southampton's Georgian past. The north-side of the street still stands and numbers 1 to 13 are Grade II listed. The original Portland Street development was marketed for 'small genteel families' but in reality, most of the properties became either commercial or multiple tenancies.

There have been some very notable residents and local businesses who have made Portland Street their home over the past few hundred years. Artist and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Sir John Everett (1829-1896), was born at no. 30 (now demolished).

Music teachers Sophie and John Wurm, together with their ten children moved into no. 12 in 1866 having emigrated from Germany to Southampton in about 1859. Four of their daughters, Mary (aka Maria, 1860-1938), Mathilde (1865-1936), Alice (1868-1958) and Adela (aka Adelina 1877-1952), using the surname of 'Verne' from 1892, all had extraordinary musical careers.

In 1939, iconic bookseller and publisher, H. M. Gilbert & Son (established in 1859), moved into no. 2 and 1/2 Portland Street remaining there until 2002.

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22 Sep 2019 - 11:00 1 hours Free Book Tickets

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