Heathfield House was built sometime between 1814 and 1840 on high ground to the west of West End Road in Bitterne, land that had previously been part of Bitterne Common. Sales particulars of 1855 (see clipping below) describe it as a modern six-bedroomed gentleman's residence standing in five acres of ornamental gardens.

In 1861 the census shows Robert (a barrister) and Maria Richardson and their servants living there. In 1871, Henry (an Army General) and Julia Raymond and their servants are living there.

It was occupied by a number of notable families until 1931 when it was converted to a hotel. By the end of World War Two it was occupied by St Jude's Nursing Home, later renamed Heathfield House Nursing Home. It was demolished in the 1980s and Homepoint House now occupies the site.

Heathfield House

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Photograph, c.1930


Newspaper clipping:


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, p179, 187, 188. (HS/i)


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