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The view over the Itchen Valley from Midanbury
Midanbury shown within Southampton
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It is named after the country house Midanbury Lodge which was situated on the summit of a hill to the east of Southampton. The house no longer stands, and the land was used for intense house building. The only clue to the existence of the house is the name of the pub in the area, The Castle, which was named after the crenellated gates of the house. The remains of the cellars could clearly be seen in the 50's at the north end of Midanbury Crescent before it was developed from the original two bungalows. An odd thing about the address for Midanbury Crescent was that it was in Bitterne Park and not Midanbury.
The boundaries of the suburb are not clearly defined, although the hub of Midanbury is the row of shops at the top of Witt's Hill, sometimes referred to as Midanbury Broadway, but more commonly called 'The Castle', in reference to The Castle pub situated at the end of the broadway.
Like so many other pubs in the area, The Castle closed in 2013 and is now a Tesco Express.
The convenience store Alldays, since rebranded as a Co-operative store on Midanbury Broadway briefly made headlines in 2002, when it was revealed that store staff had caught a shoplifter and requested the police attend, but the police responded that they were too busy and asked the staff to make sure the shoplifter was caught on CCTV before letting him go. The incident was reported in local and national newspapers and was a source of embarrassment to Hampshire Constabulary.
- Payne, Stewart (28 September 2002). "'Busy' police tell shop staff to film thief then let him go". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 August 2014.