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No.1 - POUND STREET BETWEEN THE WARS
Personal reminiscences of this well known Bitterne street and their life as children, by some former residents.
16 A5 pages
No.2 - BITTERNE FOOTBALL - A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST
The history of football in Bitterne, from 1880 to the present day. A useful source of names for genealogists.
40 A5 pages
No.3 - BITTERNE SAFARI
An interesting booklet detailing the wildlife found around Bitterne - insects, spiders, mammals, bats and birds.
52 A5 pages
No.4 - BITTERNE CRICKET - A DOUBLE CENTURY NOT OUT
A nostalgic look at the players and teams that helped to shape cricket in Bitterne over the past 200 years.
40 A5 pages
No.5 - A BEND IN THE RIVER
A must for anyone interested in the history of Bitterne. This book covers the past 2,000 years, from the Roman Clausentum to the present day.
52 A5 pages
No.6 - BITTERNE GAMES - A TRULY SPORTING LIFE
This booklet outlines the history of Bitterne's sporting activities, including club activities such as whist and snooker; tennis, bowls, boxing, running, shooting, cycling and golf.
36 A4 pages
No.7 - THE BITTERNE VILLAGE COOKBOOK
A collection of recipes compiled by Society members, used and enjoyed by members and their families for many years. Some go back to the war years when food was in short supply and rationed. The book also contains adverts from cookery books between c. 1894 and 1920.
50 A5 pages
No.8 - BITTERNE CARNIVAL, COMMUNITY & FETES
Village life has traditionally been characterised by the community linking together to form clubs and societies, holding events such as fêtes, carnivals etc and Bitterne Village was typical of this. This modest book contains details and photos of such events from the end of the 19th century, with historical notes.
26 A5 pages
No.9 - SOUTHAMPTON & DISTRICT AIR RAIDS
A diary of the air-raids and alerts that took place in Southampton and surrounding districts for the period 26.02.1940 to 10.11.1944. The author has also provided details of the bombs used by the German Air Force, the aircraft bombloads and information about the local Fire & Rescue Services, Police and Light & Heavy Rescue Services.
58 A4 pages
No.10 - THE SAD TALE OF RICHARD PARKER
An account of the tragic death of 17 year old Richard Parker of Itchen Ferry Village, who died at sea on July 25th 1884 after being shipwrecked in the tropics on the yacht 'Mignonette'. After a 19 days ordeal in an open boat he was killed and eaten by his shipmates, who were later convicted of his murder at a sensational trial.
18 A5 pages
No.11 - A DIARY OF BITTERNE Part I (43AD to 1899)
A chronicle of events that happened in and affected the residents of Bitterne and surrounding area for the period 43AD to 1899.
44 A5 pages
No.12 - INDEX TO PLAN OF THE PARISH OF SOUTH STONEHAM (facsimile reprint)
Contains a description for each of the numbered areas on the 25 inches to the mile map as well as totals for the area and an index to places.
No.13 - A WALK AROUND BITTERNE
The map and guide to a 2 mile walk around Bitterne Village, starting and finishing at the Red Lion in Bitterne Precinct. It recounts important events, describes past and present buildings and draws attention to relics of a bygone age.
32 A5 pages
No.14 - A VISTA - BITTERNE PARISH CHURCH 1853-1953 (facsimile reprint)
A reproduction of the centenary booklet published by Bitterne Parish Church as part of its celebrations for the period 1853-1953. It contains many interesting facts about the church and the area it served.
34 A5 pages
No.15 - BITTERNE METHODISM (facsimile reprint)
A facsimile reprint of the booklets produced by Bitterne Methodist Church as part of their 150th and 175th anniversary celebrations. It contains many interesting facts about the church and the surrounding area.
36 A5 pages
No.16 - A DIARY OF BITTERNE Part II (1900-1939)
A chronicle of events that happened in and affected the residents of Bitterne and surrounding area for the period 1900 to 1939.
44 A5 pages
No.17 - SOUTHAMPTON SHOW 1957 (Souvenir Programme Reprint)
A facsimile reproduction of the official programme available at the 17th Southampton Show held on Southampton Common in July 1957. It well illustrates the range of activities held at this period.
24 A5 pages
No.18 - BRIDGING THE ITCHEN
This interesting booklet describes the various ways in which Southampton's River Itchen has been crossed over the centuries, ranging from a suspected 2nd century Roman ferry at Clausentum (Bitterne Manor) to the new and massive Itchen Bridge opened in 1977. Well illustrated.
32 A5 pages
No.19 - BITTERNE NOMADS FOOTBALL CLUB
A detailed chronological record of results, goalscorers and match reports for the period 1939-1947. It includes F.A. Cup matches against Newport and Basingstoke, along with reports of wartime matches, including a Southampton Senior Cup Final played at the Dell. A small book but packed with factual detail.
No.20 - BITTERNE ON THE MAP
A cartographic 'voyage of discovery', charting the transition of Bitterne from Common Land to Village, and thence to a major district of Southampton. This collection of maps includes not only Ordnance Survey County Series but a few 'specials' of plans that did not come to fruition. Accompanying each map are notes drawing attention to interesting features.
68 A4 pages
No.21 - THE STREETS AROUND BITTERNE - Part I - (A-K)
More than just a list of all the roads and streets in and around Bitterne, including Bitterne Manor, Bitterne Park, Harefield, Merry Oak, Midanbury, Peartree, Townhill Park and West End Park. There are notes on the history and the origin of its name for many of the roads, including many roads that have long since disappeared or suffered a name change.
44 A5 pages
No.22 - THE STREETS AROUND BITTERNE - Part II - (L-Z)
44 A5 pages
No.23 - BITTERNE - A SERIES OF PERSONAL REMINISCENCES
A historical introduction outlines the history of Bitterne, with notes on some notable buildings and their occupants. There then follows a series of personal reminiscences of old villagers, giving an insight into the lives of Bitterne families and some of its characters.
42 A4 pages
No.24 - 'HOW MUCH WAS THAT THEN?'
This book was inspired by the numerous enquiries dealt with at the Bitterne Local History Society Heritage & Research Centre concerning the prices of various items through the ages. The prices researched range from the 17th century through to 1998, and together with various old advertisements give a fascinating range of comparisons.
32 A5 pages
No.25 - BEECHAM'S HELP TO SCHOLARS (facsimile reprint)
A fascinating look at weights, measures and mathematical tables, now almost forgotten. Combined with these tables are pages of facts that every schoolchild had to learn - and promptly forgot! Interesting for family and local historians.
52 A5 pages
No.26 - BITTERNE WILLS - 1575-1856, transcribed
A transcript of 33 wills made in Bitterne, from the Hampshire Record Office Wills Index, between the 16th and 19th centuries. They provide a fascinating insight into the possessions and their disposal for these periods.
28 A4 pages
No.27 - A DIARY OF BITTERNE Part III (1940 to 1959)
A chronicle of events that happened in and affected the residents of Bitterne and surrounding area for the period 1940 to 1959.
36 A5 pages
No.28 - TOWNHILL PARK HOUSE
An account of the origins and history of Townhill Park House over the past 200 years. Detailed information is given of its occupancy by Lord & Lady Swaythling, with illustrations of the house and grounds during the height of its splendour.
24 A4 pages
No.29 - THE NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 - BITTERNE RESIDENTS
A list of Bitterne residents who served in the Great War, giving their rank, branch of the armed services, résumé of their war service and their home address. A 'must' for genealogists.
32 A4 pages
No.30 - WARDEN & FIRE GUARD SERVICES REVIEW (facsimile reprint)
A facsimile, with permission of Southampton City Council, of a booklet published in 1945. It explains the organisation of the Southampton Air Raid Precautions (ARP) and Fire Service, with detailed information about the town's ARP Divisions, the Warden's establishment, exercises carried out in 1937/8, a précis of the main air-raids, detailed descriptions of the various bombs & explosives used, and statistics of air-raid casualties and building damage. It also names the many Principal Officers of the organisations, together with details of the awards and commendations they received. This booklet is a must for those who lived through this period of Southampton's history and those whose parents/grandparents served in either of these local services.
50 A5 pages
No.32 - BITTERNE BREWERY
Facsimile reprint of the brochure celebrating the re-opening in 1952, containing interesting adverts.
20 A5 pages
No.34 - THE DIAPER FAMILY OF ITCHEN & WOOLSTON
A personal family history that gives good background information on the well-known Diaper family of this area.
16 A5 pages
No.35 - RISDON BEAZLEY Ltd, CLAUSENTUM YARD, BITTERNE MANOR
A detailed history of the salvage company founded by Risdon Archibald BEAZLEY, CBE, in 1926 until it ceased operations in 1981. The company's recovery vessels travelled the world and had an international reputation. By 1944 they were operating more than 60 salvage ships from their Bitterne Manor base, where they also built 22 Fairmile MTB's. Of the 21 Admiralty salvage ships that crossed the channel on D-Day, 11 were managed by Risdon Beazley. One of their most noteworthy achievements was the recovery of the SS Great Britain in 1969 in the Falklands. This was the first ship of more than 1,000 tons to be salvaged on a submersible pontoon and its return to Bristol is the world record for the longest tow with that type of load by a stern trawler. This important part of our marine history is covered in depth and makes essential reading for any marine enthusiast.
44 A4 pages
No.36 - BUILDING THE ITCHEN BRIDGE
A pictorial account of the building of the massive Itchen Bridge, based on 1,500 slides taken by the late Paul Ravenscroft during every stage of its construction. Paul took views of the advance work carried out on both sides of the River Itchen in the 1970s, when the area resembled a war zone, and this shows now vanished Supermarine Works and Floating Bridges. The slides show how the 62,000 ton bridge was constructed in sections and assembled, involving many thousand man-hours, and when it was opened in May 1977 and officially named by Princess Alexandra that July.
56 A4 pages
No.37 - THE SECOND WORLD WAR ROLL OF HONOUR FOR SOUTHAMPTON
The duty of recording the names of the civilian war dead of the British Commonwealth and Empire was entrusted by Royal Charter in February 1941 to the Imperial War Graves Commission. Although the graves are scattered around the country this booklet contains the Roll of Honour of those Southampton civilians who were killed by enemy action during the 1939-45 war while engaged in household or business activities, or at their posts as members of the Civil Defence Services.
46 A4 pages
No.38 - WILLIAM THOMAS CONGREGATIONAL MINISTER AT BITTERNE 1891-93
Drawn partly from surviving records of Lymington's Old Town Independent Chapel, its successor the town's Congregational Church, together with those of the Hampshire Congregational Union, other local records and family memorabilia, this book gives an account of William Thomas (1823-1894) and his family. William was the travelling evangelist in the 1870s, based at Bursledon, and 14 years later became minister at Bitterne.
16 A4 pages
No.39 - THE SOUTHAMPTON GARDEN SUBURB, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHESSEL ESTATE
This well illustrated account of the development of Bitterne's Chessel Estate is competently researched and traces the growth of the area from the last decade of the 18th century to the present day. The author explains how David Lance, retired from the East India Company, called his 93 acre estate Chessel, and how it was purchased in 1911 by the Yeovil firm Southampton Garden Suburb Ltd. He outlines the construction of individual properties, and their occupants, resulting in a comprehensive and detailed explanation of the area. A book of some interest to all those resident there.
36 A4 pages
No.40 - JUAN MANUEL DE ROSAS, THE OUSTED DICTATOR
This is a well researched account of the Argentinean Dictator's exile in Southampton from 1852, his family life, how he escaped from Buenos Aires, his home in Carlton Crescent and his farm in Burgess Street, Swaythling. He died on 14 March 1877 in Southampton and was buried in an impressive vault in Southampton Old Cemetery. In 1989, when the political situation changed in Argentine, his coffin was exhumed and he was reburied in the family tomb in La Recolata Cemetery, Buenos Aires. It is nicely illustrated with colour photos.
36 A5 pages
No.41 - IT'S A HARD KNOCK LIFE, CHILDHOOD REMINISCENCES OF SOUTHAMPTON, BROCKENHURST AND LYNDHURST
This personal account of the author's early life in Kathleen Road and Knighton Road, Sholing during the war years, when her Grandfather was the manager of Lankester & Crook's Alexandra Bakery, Portsmouth Road, is a poignant tale, with her mother dying in 1941 at the early age of 28, when the author was only four years old. The book also contains interesting extracts from her mother's war diary, detailing incidents in Woolston and Sholing. The author and her younger sister were later adopted by her grandparents, who she always knew as Mum and Dad, but when their mother (Grandmother) also died suddenly in 1949 the girls were placed in a privately run Quaker Home for 20 girls in Brockenhurst. This was later relocated to Lyndhurst and the book details what life was like for young girls in that situation. Overall a fascinating account.
56 A4 pages
No.42 - 150 YEARS OF BITTERNE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH (CONGREGATIONAL) 1863-2013
This very well illustrated book traces the history of the 17th Century Congregationalists in Bitterne from their beginning in rented rooms in 1850, leading to the construction of their Sunday School in Commercial Street in 1854 and the subsequent church on 5 April 1863. The final service in the building in May 1982 was followed by the opening of the present church in 1986. Photos of the various church groups and Ministers make the book a nostalgic trip down memory lane for current members and an excellent celebration of the church's 150th Anniversary.
24 A5 pages
No.44 - SUPERMARINE SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF BLHS MEMBERS
Articles that have appeared in 'Bygone Bitterne' between 1999 and 2018 on the subject of Supermarine, many by people who worked there before, during and after the war.
44 A5 pages
BITTERNE BEFORE THE BY-PASS
Photographs and information about shops, houses, people and the roads in Bitterne, before the Bypass was built in 1982. Views of properties now demolished and roads now changed beyond all recognition make this a nostalgic trip for all former residents of the period. The many reproductions of shop advertisements and receipts will also arouse many recollections of a time when shopping was totally different from that in modern supermarkets.
100 A4 pages
MEMORIES OF MERRY OAK SCHOOL
Photographs and recollections of Merry Oak School 1935-1952, by a former teacher at the school. The reminiscences and subsequent careers of many contributors will interest their former school companions and the book is a must for all ex-pupils and staff of this period.
60 A4 pages
THE STORY OF MERRY OAK SCHOOL
This Southampton School closed in 1984 and among the artefacts that Bitterne Local History Society acquired was a complete set of the school magazines that were published annually from 1948 until closure. Opening and reading these magazines is like opening a time capsule buried for future generations. Eddie Croxson has successfully extracted articles, including the photographs, showing the changes to education nationally and locally after the 1939-45 war and many stories and articles written by the pupils themselves. The book also includes reports from the 4 Headmasters covering this period, Mr Permain, Mr Haslam, Mr Ford and Mr Shaw. A book to be enjoyed by past pupils and staff of this period!
58 A4 pages
SOUTHAMPTON MEMORIALS OF CARE FOR MAN AND BEAST
Something new in Southampton's history, a whole book about drinking fountains and horse troughs. Surviving blitz and redevelopment, there are 14 of them still to be found around the city, 11 of them officially Grade II listed as buildings of special historic and architectural interest. Local historian Alan Leonard, author of many local history books, has thoroughly researched the history of the memorials, as well as those who donated them, and this account contains much not previously published, with a wealth of fascinating illustrations and photographs.
72 A4 pages
A BEND IN THE RIVER - DVD
"A Bend in the River" was the title given to an audio-visual performance at Bitterne Parish Church in October 1973. A booklet to accompany the performance covered the history of Bitterne from Roman port at Bitterne Manor through to its eventual incorporation into the Borough of Southampton as a busy modern suburb and later was published in video form. A lot has changed over the forty-five years since this was first produced (in VHS format!) but it is still a very valuable history of our village.
DVD 51 minutes
THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF SOUTHAMPTON'S SUBURBS
This is a new single-volume survey of the history of the development of the residential areas of the City. Local historian Jim Brown chronicles the growth of the suburbs from the earliest times to the present day and he illuminates the lives of people who lived in them. His fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the story of Southampton. The narrative is illustrated with 260 photographs, drawings and maps. Jim Brown shows how the countryside, farms and villages developed into the urban streets, residential areas, shopping districts and industrial estates that are so familiar today. The districts featured include Bassett, Bevois Town, Bitterne, Bitterne Manor, Bitterne Park, the Docks, Harefield, Highfield, Maybush, Merry Oak, Millbrook, Northam, Peartree, Polygon, Portswood, Redbridge, Shirley, Shirley Warren, Sholing, St Denys, Swaythling, Thornhill, Weston and Woolston. Of interest to genealogists is the comprehensive index of street name changes, with dates, as new areas were absorbed into Southampton.
157 A4 pages
SOUTHAMPTON'S CHANGING FACES
This book, a sequel to his account of the city's suburbs (above), shows how building developments, some dramatic, have transformed areas of the city over the years. Jim Brown had access to local collections containing a number of unpublished views and his modern photos, taken from as nearly as possible the same position, sometimes reveal startling changes. Southampton suffered widespread damage during the Second World War; further changes came in the 1950s when a new ring road was constructed around the city centre; more occurred in the 1970s when the massive Itchen Bridge was built and the Bitterne area was transformed in the 1980s when a new bypass tore through the former Bitterne Village. Fortunately some individuals had the foresight to take photos before properties were demolished and these have provided invaluable material. The book contains over 300 illustrations and will appeal to all those who remember how Southampton has changed.
160 A4 pages
MORE SOUTHAMPTON CHANGING FACES
This book, a sequel to his Southampton's Changing Faces (above), is a joint publication with Southampton City Council and Jin Brown has thus been able to draw heavily on the massive photographic collection held by the City Heritage Services, particularly the Archive Service. As a result the book contains many previously unpublished pictures, more than the previous book, with nearly 400 illustrations. Large areas of the lower town and upper Shirley were extensively developed in the post-war era, with large tower blocks or flats replacing the terraced houses, corner shops and public houses. Fortunately the City Council had the foresight to take widespread photos before the properties were demolished and these have provided Jim Brown with valuable material. Family historians will be delighted to see streets that have since been completely obliterated, with views of houses, shops or public houses that they knew in their youth or were used by their parents or grandparents.
192 A4 pages
THE STORY OF THE SOUTHAMPTON SHOLING CORPS 1897 - 2008
This book takes a close look at the Salvation Army in Sholing, where it was officially formed in 1897. Extracts have been taken from the Corps records and research undertaken in the City archives, as well as obtaining the recollections of existing long serving members, with their old photos. It contains over 100 photographs, dating back to 1904, and includes photos of the demolition of the 1928 Citadel in North East Road and the construction of its 2003 replacement, as well as modern photos of the many various groups that use the premises. The book is a MUST for anybody having a family connection with the Salvation Army in Sholing.
46 A4 pages
BITTERNE & WEST END THROUGH TIME
A fascinating selection of more than 180 photographs traces some of the many ways in which Bitterne and West End have changed and developed over the last century.
SOUTHAMPTON MURDER VICTIMS
Southampton Murder Victims is the result of painstaking research by the author, who had unrivalled access to police and other archive files not normally available to the general public. It has resulted in fascinating accounts of 80 murders committed in Southampton between 1783 and 2009, including some that took place abroad on the high seas and subsequently investigated by Southampton police under the Merchant Shipping Acts. He has also outlined the changes in legislation relating to what was for many years a mandatory death sentence and the alterations to the court systems over the period. Included in the accounts are his recollections of investigations in which he was personally involved as a member of the murder squad, and these give a special insight into the methods employed by the police in the 1950/1960s. Many individual cases show interesting aspects of law and the varied ways in which unfortunate victims were killed, by shooting, bludgeoning, strangling, stabbing and poisoning. The various motives include drunken and domestic rage, jealousy, robbery and sex. The book contains many illustrations, some of them official police photos, showing the scene of the crime and published for the first time. The murder accounts are shown in strict chronological order, allowing the reader to dip into the period of their choice, the earlier cases arousing nostalgia for roads and premises that have long since vanished.
SOUTHAMPTON MURDER VICTIMS 2
This book is a sequel to Southampton Murder Victims, produced in 2010 by DB Publishing and the present book is a joint production with DB Publishing and the Hampshire Constabulary History Society. The former book explained, in some depth, the various amendments to the original mandatory death penalty for murder; the stages of penal servitude that were imposed, until abolished in 1948; an explanation of the former Assize Court system and the establishment of the Crown Courts that replaced them in 1972. Southampton Murder Victims Vol II is is the result of painstaking research by the author, who had unrivalled access to police and other archive files normally unavailable to the general public. It has resulted in fascinating accounts of over 60 murders committed in Southampton between 1873 and 2012. The accounts are arranged in strict chronological order, allowing the reader to dip into the period of their choice, the earlier cases arousing nostalgia for parts of the city that have long since vanished. The book contains many illustrations, some of them official police photos showing the scene of the crime and published for the first time, making Southampton Murder Victims Vol II a must-read for historians and the just plain curious. Jim Brown is a local author and researcher with a passion for Southampton's history. A former detective and deputy coroner's officer with the Southampton City Police, he had lived and worked in the city all his life and in retirement has devoted himself to investigating the city's past. A leading member of Bitterne Local History Society, he has written several books, including The Illustrated History of Southampton's Suburbs, Southampton's Changing Faces and More Southampton Changing Faces.
SOUTHAMPTON'S LUCKY JIM
Jim Brown joined Southampton County Borough Police in 1952 and served as a beat officer, police motor cyclist, detective and one of the first scenes of crime officers. He has given an accurate factual account, warts and all, of how Southampton was policed in the 1950s & 60s. The behaviour of officers in this period, both supervising and subordinate, reflected the age. It was a different post-war world with vastly different standards. Modern officers do not behave in this way; they are governed by different criteria and Jim's account makes this clear. Zero tolerance was the norm and the protection of the law-abiding public the overriding concern of every officer, but their behaviour when carrying this out would often be completely unacceptable today. The reader will appreciate the strengths of the old-fashioned policing methods, as well as the weaknesses and serving officers will be staggered by the differences and the absence of modern technology.
PLACE-NAMES OF HAMPSHIRE AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT
Place-Names of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, is an impressive tome, written by Alfred Oscroft in the 1920s and 30s, edited by a Grandson, Prof. James Oscroft Wilkes, and now published for the first time in 2015. The book is copiously illustrated with 100 pen-and-ink drawings and water-colours of churches, maps, coins, etc. by the author, supplemented by another 100 engravings from Mudie's Hampshire (1838) and Warner's Hampshire (1795). It has 624 pages, with 223 entries in the bibliography; it is printed in colour and hard-bound. The author: Alfred Oscroft lived at 121 Earls Road in Southampton, England and worked for the Ordnance Survey; he died in 1939.
1415 THE PLOT
On the eve of Agincourt a plot to overthrow Henry V was exposed in Southampton. The plotters were quickly tried and executed. The leader of the plot was Richard Earl of Cambridge, who was buried in the chapel of St Julien 600 years ago. He was a minor royal at the time but consequent quirks of history allowed two of his grandsons - Edward IV and Richard III - to become kings of England. The author, Bryan Leavy, relates the background to the plot, describes the plotters and their grievances, and narrates the events in Hampshire during the summer of 1415.
186 colour pages
SOUTHAMPTON IN 50 BUILDINGS
By taking a sample of fifty buildings, not all of them always so obvious or that well known, this book sets out to chart the town's thousand-year-plus chronological history. From the medieval era through to its eighteenth-century popularity as a spa, its gradual, but since continuous, expansion as a commercial docks throughout the last 200 years, the dramatic changes to its shoreline and topography, and, by the late twentieth century and into the twenty-first, its transformation into a new, dynamic, bustling city. On the way we discover ancient public houses, historic churches, eccentric monuments, changing fortunes (both commercial and political), dramatic examples of civic and mercantile aspirations, and an eclectic mix of many different, contrasting architectural styles.
THORNY'S: AN ORAL HISTORY OF VOSPER THORNYCROFT'S SOUTHAMPTON
A 'people's history' of the lives of the men and women who worked in the shipyard in Woolston during the last 100 years. Comes with a CD of some of the workers telling their own stories. Hardback.
SOUTHAMPTON MEMORIES: PEOPLE AND PLACES
The authors have delved into their remarkable collection of photographs from their Facebook account of the same name to present images of the City since the nineteenth century.