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PORTSWOOD: About the area PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 May 2007
This is Portswood

PORTSWOOD is a community of more than 15,000 people who live north of Southampton’s city centre on the south coast of the UK. As well as those of us who live here, hundreds more visitors, and businesses are connected to this place every day through the myriad of shops, music venues, pubs, places of worship, green spaces, schools and community facilities that we share.

ImagePortswood life radiates around its central shopping street, properly known by the glamorous name of Portswood Broadway. Famous for the rich pickings in its abundant charity shops, the street also boasts a busy branch library, post office, bingo hall, doctors surgery and police station alongside high street retail names like Waitrose, Woolworths and Boots, and thriving independent stores such as October Books, Portswood Hardware and Portswood Cycles.

ImageWe are a highly mixed community: students and academics from the nearby University of Southampton rub shoulders with long established local british-asian families; Portswood has been a popular destination for recent newcomers from eastern Europe; we have a high density of care homes and other housing for older people, and many of Southampton’s highly sought after Victorian family houses are here too, alongside the listed estates designed by architect Herbert Collins.

ImageAnd we are growing fast, a fact which can cause some discomfort amongst local people: houses are being converted to multi-occupancy HMOs and new buildings are going up on every brownfield site. Larger developments are on the cards too, on the old Wickes site in Portswood Road, and on the First Bus depot (planning permission allowing).

ImageThe local authority ward boundary of Portswood takes in St Denys right down to the river, which local people would not see as part of Portswood, but leaves out Lodge Road, which most certainly is. View Southampton Council Ward Boundaries

To those of us who live and work here, we know what Portswood is about: we know we are in Portswood when we are watching a band at the Talking Heads, or even at The Brook. We are still connected to Portswood when we are in the leafy conservation areas off Brookvale Road, when we are up around the University campus, on The Common or shopping in Bevois Valley.

This is Portswood – and you are very welcome.

January 2008
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2012 )
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