Vespasian Road, which runs between Chafen Road and Englefield Road in Bitterne Manor, was laid out in 1902 as part of the Bitterne Park development. It was originally named Clausentum Road after the former Roman settlement on the site. In 1924, when the council eliminated duplicate street names, it became Vespasian Road, the council wishing to retain the older Clausentum Road at Bevois Town. Vespasian led the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 CE, and later became Emperor.

The curious round building (image below) near the corner with Chafen Road and now known as 1 Vespasian Road is a mid-19th century building which was once part of the Bitterne Park estate. possibly a coachman's cottage. It is now a private residence and is Grade II listed.

1 Vespasian Road

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Photograph, c.2005


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