1 June 2021

All About Bitterne

About Bitterne

Bitterne is a thriving community, bordering Sholing to the west and Harefield to the north. It is a suburb of the city of Southampton, with its maritime history and docklands, that serve the thriving cruise industry.

While Bitterne has no significant industry to speak of, it is a quiet enclave for residential homes, with open parkland, tree-lined streets and a slower pace of life compared to the city.

As you would expect, transport links are excellent. Bitterne sits at the junction of the A34 and the A3024, giving easy access to the M27 motorway. It also has good rail links, thanks to Bitterne Railway Station, and catching a bus into the city is easy with a first-class bus service.

History of Bitterne

From Roman settlements to medieval manor houses, Bitterne is steeped in history. The name derives from the old English words Byht and Aern, which means “house near a bend.” This is most likely a reference to Bitterne Manor, located on the bend of the River Itchen.

Bitterne Manor sits on the site of Roman Clausentum, which is the forerunner of the city of Southampton we know and love today. The house still commands views over the River Itchen, but modern apartments vie for position on the former grounds.

Famous visitors to the manor include Robert Kilwardby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the novelist Nicholas Freeling, who wrote the Van Der Valk detective novels.

Bitterne was never mentioned in the Domesday Book, but it does appear in records from the 11th century. By 1665, the settlement of Bitterne consisted of 75 people and 14 dwellings.

For almost 600 years, Bitterne was an agricultural community. It wasn’t until the early 1800s, with the construction of the Northam Bridge, that transport routes opened up to help with the expansion of Southampton, and Bitterne began the transformation into the urban settlement it is today.

Bitterne richly deserves its reputation as a family-friendly place to live, with great schools, road and rail links and excellent facilities.

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“From Roman settlements to medieval manor houses, Bitterne is steeped in history. The name derives from the old English words Byht and Aern, which means “house near a bend.” This is most likely a reference to Bitterne Manor, located on the bend of the River Itchen.”

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