The original Brownlow House, built in the 1830s, was situated on the west side of White’s Road in Bitterne. It was named after Brownlow North, Bishop of Winchester from 1781 to his death in 1820. The Bishops of Winchester were granted this land when Bitterne Common was enclosed in 1814. The estate had two entrances, one on Peartree Avenue with an entrance lodge, the other on Bursledon Road. The house, which was occupied by the Hoare family for most of its existence, was demolished at the end of the 19th century, possibly to make way for the vicarage which is shown on approximately the same site on the OS map of 1897. The entrance lodge survived until 1973 (see clipping below), becoming initially part of the Tryermayne estate, and then, from 1906, the entrance lodge to a new Brownlow House, built in 1906 on a site further to the west of the original house. The second house was demolished to make way for the Church of England School built on the site in the 1970s. Brownlow Avenue and Brownlow Gardens are modern reminders of the house and estate.
Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p90-91. (HS/h)
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