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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

Collectors Night

13 July at 7.00 pm

Bring your collection to display to others; we will provide you with a table

If you wish to give a 2-minute talk about your collection then that is fine, but not necessary

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

Trifest Community Festival

Join us at TriFest, the Community Festival on Riverside Park, Saturday, 27th July 12.00 – 4.00 pm, and music until 7.00 pm.

Craft Stalls. Food. Community groups, fun Dog Show,  Craft Beer, and, of course, some great local musicians performing. 

Joining us will be:

Fun Dog Show — run by Second Chance Animal Rescue [entry on the day]

Beer Tent — Craft Beer & Cider from the Butcher’s Hook

Food — Curry Lounge, Soca Shack and Ice Cream Van

Local stalls and traders galore — there will be plenty to do, see and buy at TriFest this year. There will be everything from face painting, crafts, plants, bees, climate action, local history and food.

Our Magazine

Latest Issue

Latest Issue

‘The Tinners’, Woolston British Legion by Steve Adams

History of Merry Oak by Jim Brown

The Scouts, the Doctor and the Teachers by Jack Hasler

Bitterne School, Marbles & Buses by Catherine Powell & Tessa Bryden

Albert Terrace by Steve Adams

How Local is Your Name by Leo Macham

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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