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Bevois Ward
Bevois Ward is located in Southampton
Bevois Ward
Bevois Ward
 Bevois Ward shown within Southampton
Area  2.71 km2 (1.05 sq mi)
Population 13,621 [1]
   – density  5,026/km2 (13,020/sq mi)
Unitary authority Southampton
Ceremonial county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SO14
Dialling code 023
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Southampton Test[2]
List of places

Coordinates: 50°55′10″N 1°23′36″W / 50.9194°N 1.3932°W / 50.9194; -1.3932

Bevois /ˈbvɨs/ is an Electoral Ward in the Unitary Authority of Southampton, England comprising the suburbs Bevois Valley, Nicholstown and Northam, with a population of 13,621.[1]

The ward is bounded by (clockwise from north) Portswood Ward, Bitterne Park Ward, Peartree Ward, Bargate Ward and Freemantle Ward.

The ward is part of the Southampton Test constituency.


The ward was created by the Boundary Committee Review in 2002 out of parts of the old St Lukes Ward and Bargate Ward to the south. The name change was proposed by Southampton City Council and the Liberal Democrats, the latter arguing that “the conversion of St Lukes Church to a Sikh temple has removed the sole surviving landmark bearing the former ward name," and that the new name better reflected local community ties.[3]

In contrast with St Lukes, the name Bevois has a strong attachment to the area, which contains landmarks such as Bevois Town Primary School and Church, and Bevois Castle Pub and Hotel. These landmarks, like the area, gleaned their names from the legend of Bevis of Hampton, who was said to have thrown up the mound of dirt that became Bevois Mount to obstruct the Danes in their endeavours to cross the River Itchen.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Bevois (Ward) — Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Members of Parliament". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Final recommendations for future electoral arrangements in Southampton.". Boundary Committee for England. July 2000. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  4. ^ Brayley, Edward Wedlake; Britton, John (1805). "The Beauties of England and Wales". Printed by Thomas Maiden. p. 121. Retrieved 2008-07-04.