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Castle Vault, Western Esplanade
Southampton
Hampshire
England
SO14 2EQ
United Kingdom

About Castle Vault

Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk, the Castle Vault is the biggest vault in Southampton. It was built around 1180 when the Kings of England invented a new tax called the ‘King’s Prise’ which applied to wine. As Southampton was an important place in the wine trade it made sense to have a storage point here, under the castle, where the king’s butlers could keep an eye on it.

The wine casks would have been brought in and out by boat to a wooden or stone quay, as the water came right up to the walls outside.

During the Second World War this was a large air-raid shelter. You can still see traces of the blast walls that spanned the vault and the foundations for the entrance and toilets can be seen.

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Castle Vault, Western Esplanade
Southampton
Hampshire
England
SO14 2EQ
United Kingdom

About Castle Vault

Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk, the Castle Vault is the biggest vault in Southampton. It was built around 1180 when the Kings of England invented a new tax called the ‘King’s Prise’ which applied to wine. As Southampton was an important place in the wine trade it made sense to have a storage point here, under the castle, where the king’s butlers could keep an eye on it.

The wine casks would have been brought in and out by boat to a wooden or stone quay, as the water came right up to the walls outside.

During the Second World War this was a large air-raid shelter. You can still see traces of the blast walls that spanned the vault and the foundations for the entrance and toilets can be seen.

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