It all started in 1665 when Katherine Wulfris died and left her property in her Will to her son John Wulfris of London. The property that she left included an orchard. This orchard was in a field called ‘Giddy Bridge’ and 300 years later is now home to Southampton Language college and a pub.
Southampton Language College is situated in Brunswick place in a beautiful building in the bustling city of Southampton but Brunswick place wasn’t always home to Southampton Language College.
A century after Katherine Wulfris died the field was let to a Mr. Nathaniel St. Andre and in 1770 he was paying £5 a year for the land. In 1792 the land was put up for auction and any profit made from the land going to the Holyrood church-wardens. The highest and winning bid of £51 was made my Mr. John Simpkins, who was from Millbrook. John Simpkins hired architect John Plaw to design all the houses in Brunswick Place.
The name Brunswick place came after ‘Caroline of Brunswick’ after her marriage to her cousin, the Prince of Wales (later King George IV), ended in 1795. Using a name which was related to royalty was very common at this time as the residents felt it showed loyalty and respect to the Royal Family.
Brunswick house itself was built Circa 1835 and later in the year was charging rent of around £60 per year. This money was given to the Holyrood church-wardens who were collecting around £655 per year from properties in the area. The money was spent on apprenticeships for children to train them in trade.
The Holyrood church-wardens became part of a group called Wulfris Foundation which collected money from Brunswick Place and gave it to orphans for apprenticeships.
Wulfris foundation has since changed its name but is still collecting money to help with scholarships for schools and university.
After 200 years the building remained unchanged and was made a Grade II listing building on the 26th of July 1974.
Brunswick house has stood for over 150 years through 2 world wars, with 3 bombs hitting East Park, and has seen Southampton change from a thriving shipping port to one of England’s most visited cities. Southampton Language College took over the building in 2011 and ever since we have been creating our own history.
Will: (N) a legal document containing instructions as to what should be done with someone’s money and property after their death
Orchard: (N) A piece of land planted with fruit trees
Century: (N) A period of 100 years
Let: (N) A period during which a room or property is rented
Auction: (N) A public sale in which goods or property are sold to the highest bidder
Lease: (N) A contract by which one person lends land, property, services, etc. to another for a specified time
Profit: (N) A financial gain
Holyrood Church-wardens: (N) A group of people who are from the area of Southampton called Holyrood who look after church business
Bid: (N) An offer of a price on something
Hired: (V) Employ (someone) for money
Architect: (N) A person who designs buildings
Circa: (Preposition) (Often before a date) approximately
Apprenticeships: (N) The position of an apperentice (a person who learns on the job)
Train: (V) teach someone how to do something (usually a job)
Trade: (N) A job requiring manual skills and special training
Solicitors: (N) A member of the legal profession qualified to deal with matters of the law
Orphans: (N) A person who parents have both died
Scholarships: (N) payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement
Grade II listed: (N) A building that may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the local planning authority
Thriving: (v) grow or develop well