This is the modern name for a small stretch of open ground adjoining Peartree Avenue and Spring Road, in Bitterne, and is not to be confused with the western suburb of Freemantle. The land was formerly part of the manor of Bitterne and had been held for centuries by the Bishops of Winchester. It had long been designated common land. Under the 1814 Bitterne enclosure award Thomas Freemantle was allotted a piece of land on the opposite side of the road to the existing common. Freemantle’s land was marked as Freemantle Common on the 1851 tithe map and on the OS 1:1250 map (1865). This land was incorporated into the Chessel estate after Thomas Freemantle’s death in 1834. At some unspecified date, the name Freemantle Common appears to have been transferred to the land on the opposite side of the road.


Further reading:
Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p65-66. (HS/h)


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