Fitzhugh Estate
William Fitzhugh, son of Valentine Fitzhugh of Bitterne Manor, bought part of the Bannister Farm estate in 1792 and rebuilt the old Banister's Court house as an elegant Georgian mansion. The family held the estate, which was sometimes referred to as the Fitzhugh estate, for most for the 19th century. The family name was also given to Fitzhugh Place, off Cromwell Road and Fitzhugh Street off Western Esplanade (now demolished), and to the area around Milton Road which continues to be called Fitzhugh.
Fitzhugh's Path
The traditional southern boundary of the Fitzhugh (i.e. Banister's) estate today represented by the service lane north of Wilton Avenue. The lane leading to Shirley was a famous local walk of great scenic beauty.


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