Bevois (/ˈbvɪs/ BEE-vis) is an Electoral Ward in the Unitary Authority of Southampton, England comprising the suburbs Bevois Valley, Nicholstown and Northam, with a population of 16,844.[1]

Bevois Ward
Bevois Ward is located in Southampton
Bevois Ward
Bevois Ward
Location within Southampton
Area2.17 km2 (0.84 sq mi)
Population16,844 [1]
• Density7,762/km2 (20,100/sq mi)
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSO14
Dialling code023
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
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

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]

In the 2011 Census 39.2% of the population of Bevois Ward was born outside the UK.


  1. ^ a b "Bevois (Ward) — Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics" (PDF). Office for National Statistics. 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Members of Parliament". Southampton City Council. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Final recommendations for future electoral arrangements in Southampton". Boundary Committee for England. July 2000. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
  4. ^ Brayley, Edward Wedlake; Britton, John (1805). "The Beauties of England and Wales". Printed by Thomas Maiden: 121. Retrieved 4 July 2008. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)