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North Stoneham Park: its origin and development (1992), by C K Currie


Overall Conclusions and Recommendations

North Stoneham Park and its surrounding landscape can be shown to contain features that demonstrate a remarkable continuity of land use which stretches from the Roman period to the present day. This landscape is almost unique at present in that it is one of the few ancient manors in England where development can be traced in an almost uninterrupted line for two thousand years. It is unfortunate that these discoveries should be made only after much of the landscape has already been destroyed, or seriously damaged.

Considering the importance of this landscape to the provisioning of Saxon Southampton, it should be afforded greater merit as part of that city's heritage than its present status affords. Efforts should be made to prevent any future deprivations, and attempts should be made to bring as much of this landscape into public ownership as possible for use as a recreational, and above all, unique educational resource that it represents. There are few other places in the United Kingdom where such unbroken continuity in the landscape can be demonstrated to the public.