Millbrook, Southampton

 Millbrook shown within Southampton
Unitary authoritySouthampton
Ceremonial countyHampshire
RegionSouth East
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district SO15
Dialling code 023
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK ParliamentSouthampton Test
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Coordinates: 50°54′57″N 1°26′59″W / 50.9157°N 1.4497°W / 50.9157; -1.4497

Millbrook is a suburb and former civil parish of Southampton. As the area developed, several settlements grew within the parish, some of them becoming parishes in their own right, thus reducing the extent of the Millbrook parish. As well as the Millbrook of today, the original Millbrook parish included Freemantle, Regents Park, and Redbridge. Some of these areas are still referred to as being part of Millbrook.[1] On the 28 November 1830 in the context of the Swing riots there was a non violent protest in Millbrook and Shirley by laborers demanding increased wages.[2]

Millbrook railway station was opened in 1861, and the parish formerly had open baths and a ferry to Marchwood.[3]

John Ralfs, the notable 19th-century botanist, was born here, as were footballers Kevin Gibbens and Phil Warner who both played for Southampton F.C., along with comedian Mike Osman.

On 16 May 1925, Lucy Hodder and the English artist Harry Epworth Allen were married at Holy Trinty Church.[4]

Millbrook today

Millbrook church

Millbrook as a district is split by the A35 dual carriageway, Tebourba Way. In general, on the west are council estates, and on the east are private housing, including Regents Park and Freemantle. The estates consist of Millbrook Park, Mansel Park, Wimpson Estate, Redbridge Estate, Maybush, Brownhill and the Channel Islands Estate. There is also an industrial area by Southampton container port, which shares a boundary with Millbrook.

The main A33 road route into the city centre from the west passes through Millbrook, effectively creating the boundary between the industrialised part of Millbrook (to the south) and the residential areas (to the north).

Millbrook is home to the Western Hospital, much of which was sold off and replaced by a Tesco supermarket. There is also a small retail park with a bowling alley and two hardware stores. Along Millbrook point road, there is a Goals soccer center, a 12 pitch five a side football ground. There is a lot of green park land in Millbrook, hence its full title of Millbrook Park Estate, this includes Green Park, Mansel Park, Test Park, Millbrook Rec., plus numerous school playing fields. A huge green belt cuts right through the main estate from Millbrook roundabout through to the Top Shops on Windermere Avenue.


  1. Old Hampshire Gazetteer, Freemantle, Southampton
  2. Patterson, A. Temple (1966). A History of Southampton 1700–1914 Vol.I An Oligarchy in Decline 1700–1835. The University of Southampton. p. 154-155.
  3. Hope Moncrieff, A R (1904). Black's Guide to Hampshire. London: A & C Black. p. 122.
  4. Batsford, J. Harry Epworth Allen (1894-1958): Catalogue of His Works (2005), The Horizon Press and Derwent-Wye, ISBN 1-843-0633-28 - facsimile of marriage certificate, p. 187
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