A large house situated on the Chessel estate near the main Chessel House and more often referred to as Little Chessel House. It was pictured in a painting by R Scruton of 1831 attached to sales particulars which describe the house as being set in eight and a half acres of land with views across the River Itchen. Lord Ashtown lived at the main Chessel House from 1826 to his death in c.1840, changing its name to Ashtown House. The new name, however, did not endure. The 1831 painting shows that his name was also briefly attached to the smaller house.

Neither Ashtown Villa nor Little Chessel are named on the OS 1:2500 map (1867) of the area, but it is possibly the building(s) just to the north east of the main house This building had been demolished by 1897.

Ashtown Villa

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Painting by R Scruton, attached to sales particulars of 1831.

Newspaper clipping:

see also

Further Reading:
Memories of Bitterne, by Irene Pilson, p144-145. (HS/h.BIT)
Bitterne, by Bitterne Local History Society, p28. (HS/h.BIT)


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