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ITCHEN, a hamlet, in the parish of St. Mary Extra, union of South Stoneham, S. division of the county of Southampton. This place is situated on the east side of the river Itchen, near its confluence with the Southampton Water, and opposite to the town of Southampton, with which it is connected by a floating bridge, erected in 1836, by a proprietary of shareholders. It has several spacious and handsome villas, commanding a fine view of the opposite shore; and a splendid hotel has been erected, affording ample and superior accommodation to the numerous visiters who make this a favourite place of resort and daily excursion, especially at the celebration of the regattas, in which prizes, given by subscription, are contested by vessels belonging to the fishermen of Itchen.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.