Bevois Valley

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Bevois Valley
Bevois Valley Road, Southampton - geograph.org.uk - 766163.jpg
Shops on Bevois Valley Road
Bevois Valley is located in Southampton
Bevois Valley
Bevois Valley
Location within Southampton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSOUTHAMPTON
Postcode districtSO14
Dialling code023
PoliceHampshire
FireHampshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire
50°55′10″N 1°23′36″W / 50.9194°N 1.3932°W / 50.9194; -1.3932Coordinates: 50°55′10″N 1°23′36″W / 50.9194°N 1.3932°W / 50.9194; -1.3932

Bevois Valley (/ˈbvɪs/ BEE-vis) is an inner city area of Southampton, England, within Bevois Electoral Ward, and includes areas called Bevois Town and Bevois Mount. The area lies south of and adjoins Portswood and is within easy walking distance of the city centre. It follows the line of the original valley of the River Itchen and as such the land is primarily clays and shingles.

Bevois Valley has a primary school (Bevois Town Primary School), a church (Bevois Town Church) and two gurdwaras. The nearest railway station is St Denys railway station. It has recently been the recipient of EU money for improvement.

Although it is further from the University of Southampton than Portswood it is a popular location for students (possibly due to the proximity of Southampton Solent University), though there is a higher proportion of permanent residents. There are many takeaways and venues catering for students and locals. Along with Portswood, it is also increasingly seen as home to Southampton's burgeoning music scene, with many venues now offering regular live music and opportunities for local musicians as well as nationally and internationally acclaimed acts.

The area apparently gains its name from a folk lore hero called Bevis of Hampton and his giant companion Ascapart.[1]

Since 2001, the area has been home to the Eilis O'Connell sculpture Shear.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peberdy, Philip (1967). Bargate Guildhall Museum Southampton. Southampton Museums. p. 21. OCLC 655570724.
  2. ^ "artpeopleplaces Southampton Public Art Strategy" (PDF). Southampton City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.