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Portswood, Hampshire

Historical Description

Portswood, an ecclesiastical parish taken out of the original parish of South Stoneham, Hants. Its name is derived from the old Roman Port at the mouth of the Itclien, and it lies half a mile from Swathling station on the L. & S.W.R., within Southampton borough, 2 miles NNE of Southampton town. It has a post office under Southampton; money order and telegraph office, Bevois Hill. Population of Christchurch, 2846; of St Deny's, 4509 The parish was constituted in 1848, and was divided into two in 1867. Christ Church, which is frequently called " Highfield Church," was erected in 1844, and has been twice enlarged. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. St Deny's Church, erected in 1868, is a brick building in the Gothic style, and has been enlarged. The living is a vicarage; net value, £300. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The Cobden Free Bridge over the Itchen was erected at the cost of The National Liberal Land Company, and opened in 1883. It crosses the river in five spans of 72½ feet each.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Civil parishSouth Stoneham 
Poor Law unionSouth Stoneham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Portswood from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.

CountyCity of Southampton
RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO17
Post TownSouthampton