Old Farmhouse, Southampton

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Old Farmhouse, Southampton
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The Old Farmhouse pub in Southampton
Type Public House
Location Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton
Coordinates 50°54′53″N 1°23′33″W / 50.9148°N 1.3925°W / 50.9148; -1.3925Coordinates: 50°54′53″N 1°23′33″W / 50.9148°N 1.3925°W / 50.9148; -1.3925
OS grid reference SU 42806 12986
Area Hampshire
Built Bef 1560
Rebuilt 1611
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: The Old Farm House Public House
Designated 14 July 1953
Reference no. 1302207
Old Farmhouse, Southampton is located in Southampton
Old Farmhouse, Southampton
Location of Old Farmhouse, Southampton in Southampton

The Old Farm House is a Grade II* listed pub[1] which was originally a farmhouse, and dates back to at least 1560. It was rebuilt in 1611 and converted to its current usage in 1843. It is claimed to be the oldest building which is now a pub with a beer garden in Southampton, Hampshire.[2][3] It is situated adjacent to the Mount Pleasant level crossing on the South Western main line.

History

The farmhouse, shown on the 1560 map of Southampton, was rebuilt in 1611, a date depicted in white bricks on the south wall, by an unknown person referred to in the surviving records as E.R.[2][3]

Panton's Wareham Brewery took out a 1000-year lease on the property and opened a beer house here with Mrs. Annette Eddy listed as landlady in 1852. Scrase's Star Brewery took over the lease in 1892 followed later by Strong's Romsey Brewery.[2]

Local Legends

The pub is reportedly haunted by the ghost of the daughter of an Irish family who got pregnant out-of-wedlock while living here. Former Landlord Barrie Short (now deceased) stated that although he didn't believe in the legend he had noticed that for a couple of days after he goes into the attic the jukebox will start playing strange music and the television will switch channels by itself. A skull, alleged to have been that of the girl, was unearthed in the cellar and used to be displayed behind the bar.[3]

Other unconfirmed local legends state that Oliver Cromwell stayed at the farmhouse on one or two occasions and that smugglers' tunnels run from the fireplace to the nearby River Itchen.[2][3]

References

  1. ^ "THE OLD FARM HOUSE PUBLIC HOUSE". Historic England. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Old Farmhouse". Southampton Pubs. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  3. ^ a b c d Legg, Penny (2011). Haunted Southampton. The History Press. ISBN 9780752455198.
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