The imminent construction of the Bitterne bypass was the catalyst for the formation of BLHS in 1981. Local people, keen to ensure that the area's heritage was not lost under the bulldozers, began salvaging items of interest.

Letters appeared in the local paper recounting memories of the past, and an exhibition and meeting were arranged: The BLHS was formed.

The society's objective is to promote an interest in local history, and to preserve and protect features and items of historic interest.

BLHS have successfully campaigned to save 602 Bitterne Road (the last cob & thatched cottage in Bitterne) and the Lion (now in the precinct) from atop Lion Place before its demolition.

We rescue artefacts (such as pub & shop signs, photographs and documents, regalia, house and shop fittings), organise trips, give talks and guided walks, loan items to schools and publish a quarterly magazine, books and a series of local papers.

BLHS has 185 members from around the world!


If you feel that you could spare some time to help in either the Charity Shop or Heritage Centre please come forward and offer your services.