Bitterne Grove was built in c.1790 by Richard Leversuch, possibly on the site of an older building. Shortly afterwards it was bought by James Dott, a retired East India Company surgeon who lived at the Grove between 1791 and 1843. Well into the 20th century the lower end of Middanbury Lane was locally known as Dott's Lane. In 1910 the house was purchased by a Catholic French teaching order, which first ran a seminary there and then, from 1922, a boarding school. It is now part of St Mary's Roman Catholic College (image 2). It is Grade II listed.

1. Bitterne Grove

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A late-19th century photograph.

2. St Mary's College

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Photograph, c.2005

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Further reading:
Lost Houses of Southampton, by Jessica Vale. (HS/i)
‘The Country Houses of Southampton’, by Jessica Vale in Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society, volume 39, 1983, p175, 185, 186. (H/f)
The Growth of Bitterne Park, by John Edgar Mann, p105-106. (HS/h)
The Book of Bitterne, by Bitterne Local History Society, p38-39. (HS/h.BIT)


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