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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


Annual General Meeting

plus Bygone Bitterne by Ian Abrahams

14 October

Interactive Map

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

Latest News

Giant Book Sale

All types of books
Fiction, Non-fiction, Hardback, Paperback, Children’s, Collectables

25 – 30 September
at our shop at 231, Peartree Avenue


We are currently seeking an extra volunteer to become a Society Steward. If you have three hours a week to volunteer with us then we would love to hear from you.

Each Steward mans our Heritage Centre for one afternoon a week, answering questions from members of the public.

When they start no Steward feels that they know enough about the area to answer questions but mostly it is a matter of understanding which of our resources to look in. If the answer cannot be found then getting the details of the query and leaving a note for other Stewards means that somebody can get back to the enquirer. Training in the use of our resources will, of course, be given.

The Heritage Centre

Mercantile Flea

We have just had a large reorganisation of our booth at the Mercantile Flea outlet. Many prices have been reduced so there are bargains to be had!

For directions look at our Shop page

Our Magazine

Latest Issue

Latest Issue Contents

The Last of the Southampton Red Buses by Daphne Whitewood

History of Sholing by Jim Brown

‘First Aid in English’ by Leo Macham

Memories of Thornhill by Elly Babbedge

Old Trades and Occupations: ‘B’ 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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