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Above: Postcard view of Bitterne High Street looking West, Lion Place on the left with Red Lion visible beyond, circa 1895.
From the BLHS collection.

Next Event

Next Meeting

Southampton: Water, Slaughter and Trade, part 1

a talk by Andrew Negus

Saturday, 11 May

Further Details

Interactive Map

Our new interactive map is now online – have a look and let us know what you think.

New items being currently added Monuments & Memorials

Latest News

Merry Oak School Exhibition

Currently our Heritage Centre and Museum has a display of some of the artefacts that we have from Merry Oak School. These include a complete set of Oak Leaves, the School magazines from 1948 until the School closed in 1984, named class photographs from the 1960s and 1970s, photographs and many other items.


BLHS Calendar 2024

The Bitterne 2024 Calendar is still available. It has the title Bitterne Shops of Yesteryear.


The Calendar has a month to a page and is an A4 wire-bound style.

On each page there is a photograph of bygone Bitterne and the calendar with important dates – including the subject of all out Monthly Meetings.

The Calendar will be available at our Meetings and Shop for £3.00 or you can buy online here for £5.70 postage paid.

Our Magazine

Latest Issue

Latest Issue Contents

Memories of Whites Road by Melvyn Hall

Bevois Valley by Barry Miles

The French Connection by PeterTaylor

Bitterne School, 40 Years On

Outdoor Activities in Woolston in the ’20s and ’30s by Laurie Bishop

Memories of Thornhill Follow Up

Old Trades and Occupations: ‘C’ by Jim Brown

As well as our regular features

Support Us

Support the Bitterne Local History Society by becoming a member — Find out more here or

Support us by making a donation here

Or you can support us by getting donations, at no cost to you, whenever you shop online. For more information click here.


This is a very short selection of all those available, more books are available on our Online Sales page

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