Part of the Southampton Old Town Trail.
In October 1338, 50 ships brought French and Genoese raiders to storm the town. They attacked and killed residents, looted possessions and set fire to buildings. King Edward III was furious about the raid and the loss of his wine and commanded a wall to be built against future attacks. Merchants like John Wytegod were forced to block up the entrances to their quayside warehouses to build the defensive arcades we see today.