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A Fashionable Resort

Bargate Street, Southampton, SO14 2DA Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In the eighteenth century Southampton became afashionable spa and seaside...

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A Fashionable Resort

Bargate Street, Southampton, SO14 2DA Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In the eighteenth century Southampton became a fashionable spa and seaside resort visited by many wealthy and influential people, including royalty. Jane Austen stayed in Castle Square and attended balls at the Dolphin Hotel.

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A Fashionable Resort
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Bargate Street, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2DA, United Kingdom
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Arundel Tower

Portland Terrace, Southampton, SO14 2DA Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

Arundel Tower may be named after Hirondelle, the magical horse of Sir Bevois,...

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Arundel Tower

Portland Terrace, Southampton, SO14 2DA Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

Arundel Tower may be named after Hirondelle, the magical horse of Sir Bevois, one of the mythical founders of Southampton.

Legend has it that Hirondelle (‘swallow’ in French) was so named because he could out-fly swallows. When Sir Bevois died the horse flung himself from the tower in sorrow.

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Arundel Tower
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Portland Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2DA, United Kingdom
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Back of the Walls

Back of the Walls, Southampton, SO14 3AY Southampton
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Walk along Back of The Walls toward East Street and the Bargate, looking out for remains of the town walls and...

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Back of the Walls

Back of the Walls, Southampton, SO14 3AY Southampton
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Walk along Back of The Walls toward East Street and the Bargate, looking out for remains of the town walls and Polymond Tower. Or turn left toward the High Street and visit the church of Holyrood, now a memorial to merchant seamen.

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Back of the Walls
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Back of the Walls, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 3AY, United Kingdom
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Blue Anchor Lane

Blue Anchor Lane, Southampton, SO14 2AE Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

Blue Anchor Lane ledfrom the medievalquayside into thetown and the marketin St...

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Blue Anchor Lane

Blue Anchor Lane, Southampton, SO14 2AE Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

Blue Anchor Lane led from the medieval quayside into the town and the market in St Michael’s Square. The stone arch forms part of the town walls. The portcullis slot is still visible.

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Blue Anchor Lane
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Blue Anchor Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AE, United Kingdom
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Castle Vault

Castle Vault, Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2EQ Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk, the Castle Vault is the biggest vault in Southampton. It was built around 1180...

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Castle Vault

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

Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2NY Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

God's House Tower was built to defend the southern quays around 1417 and the...

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Catchcold Tower

Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2NY Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

God's House Tower was built to defend the southern quays around 1417 and the sluices that controlled the level of the town's moats, and equipped with numerous gunports rooftop firing points, and by 1439 Catchcold tower had also been constructed, again designed to accommodate gunpowder weapons

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Catchcold Tower
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Western Esplanade, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2NY, United Kingdom
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Cuckoo Lane

Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AQ Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk Trail.

Wealthy merchants lived in Cuckoo Lane during the1200s. After the French...

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Cuckoo Lane

Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AQ Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk Trail.

Wealthy merchants lived in Cuckoo Lane during the 1200s. After the French raid of 1338 their waterfront properties were demolished to make way for the town wall. Over two hundred years later, William Shakespeare’s patron, the Earl of Southampton, lived here. 

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Cuckoo Lane
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Town Quay, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AQ, United Kingdom
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Defence of the Town

The Bargate, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

The Bargate, built about 1180, and extended in1320, kept out intruders and...

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Defence of the Town

The Bargate, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

The Bargate, built about 1180, and extended in 1320, kept out intruders and impressed visitors. A team of gunners defended the town and 3 guns were stationed at the Bargate. 

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Defence of the Town
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The Bargate, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AD, United Kingdom
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Forty Steps

Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

150 years ago, visitors could descend these newly constructed steps to reach...

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Forty Steps

Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

150 years ago, visitors could descend these newly constructed steps to reach the beach below, after enjoying the panoramic view across the bay from the walls above.

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Forty Steps
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Western Esplanade, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AD, United Kingdom
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Friary Gate

Lower Canal Walk, Southampton, SO14 3AX Southampton
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Featuring as part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

Franciscan friars settled in this part of Southamptonin 1224. The...

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Friary Gate

Lower Canal Walk, Southampton, SO14 3AX Southampton
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Featuring as part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

Franciscan friars settled in this part of Southampton in 1224. The Greyfriars, as they were known, were a regular sight in the medieval town, preaching and caring for the poor, infirm, aged and outcast. They were also responsible for introducing a piped water supply to the town. 

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Friary Gate
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Lower Canal Walk, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 3AX, United Kingdom
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God's House Tower

God's Hill Tower, Southampton, SO14 3FU Southampton
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God's House Tower is a late 13th century gatehouse into the old town of Southampton, England. It stands at the...

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God's House Tower

God's Hill Tower, Southampton, SO14 3FU Southampton
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God's House Tower is a late 13th century gatehouse into the old town of Southampton, England. It stands at the south-east corner of the town walls and permitted access to the town from the Platform and Town Quay. It has served as the town gaol and housed the Museum of Archaeology. The building is Grade II listed and a scheduled ancient monument.

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God's House Tower
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God's Hill Tower, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 3FU, United Kingdom
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Medieval Walls

Old Town, Southampton, SO14 2AR Southampton
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The Medieval Walled Town area of Southampton is bounded by Bargate in the north, The Walls and Lower Canal Walk in...

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Medieval Walls

Old Town, Southampton, SO14 2AR Southampton
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The Medieval Walled Town area of Southampton is bounded by Bargate in the north, The Walls and Lower Canal Walk in the east, Town Quay in the south and Western Esplanade in the west.

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Medieval Walls
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Old Town, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AR, United Kingdom
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Simnel Street

Simnel Street, Southampton, SO14 2BE Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In the mid 1700s, doctors prescribed salt water bathing as a cure for many...

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Simnel Street

Simnel Street, Southampton, SO14 2BE Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In the mid 1700s, doctors prescribed salt water bathing as a cure for many illnesses, and Southampton became a fashionable place to visit. This area was home to Mr Martin’s Baths and the Assembly Rooms.

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Simnel Street
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Simnel Street, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2BE, United Kingdom
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Southampton Castle

Forest View, Southampton, SO14 2BZ Southampton
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Rising high above the town walls stood SouthamptonCastle. Built after the Norman conquest of 1066, theKing and his...

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Southampton Castle

Forest View, Southampton, SO14 2BZ Southampton
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Rising high above the town walls stood Southampton Castle. Built after the Norman conquest of 1066, the King and his court would stay here on their way to France. After gradually falling into disrepair the castle was rebuilt in 1805, but demolished 10 years later.

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Southampton Castle
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Forest View, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2BZ, United Kingdom
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St. Michael's Square

St Michael's Street, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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St. Michael's Square is situated off Bugle Street in the heart of the Old Town, opposite the Tudor House Museum. In...

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St. Michael's Square

St Michael's Street, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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St. Michael's Square is situated off Bugle Street in the heart of the Old Town, opposite the Tudor House Museum. In Medieval times, the Fish Market (now the Tudor Merchant's Hall adjoining the Westgate) was situated in St. Michael's Square. St. Michael's Church occupies the east side of the Square.

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St. Michael's Square
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St Michael's Street, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AD, United Kingdom
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The Arcades

Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Trail.

In October 1338, 50 ships brought French andGenoese raiders to storm the town....

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The Arcades

Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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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.

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The Arcades
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Western Esplanade, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AD, United Kingdom
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The Bargate Monument

High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DJ Southampton
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Southampton's iconic building.

The Bargate is a Grade I listed medieval gatehouse in the city centre,built in 1180....

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The Bargate Monument

High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DJ Southampton
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Southampton's iconic building. 

The Bargate is a Grade I listed medieval gatehouse in the city centre, built in 1180. Constructed as part of the Southampton town walls, it was the main gateway to the city. The building is a scheduled monument, which has served as a temporary exhibition and event space for Southampton Solent University since 2012.

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The Bargate Monument
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High Street, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2DJ, United Kingdom
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Town Ditch

Briton Street, Southampton, SO14 3ES Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk, beyond the back of the walls, you can still see where the townditch ran down...

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Town Ditch

Briton Street, Southampton, SO14 3ES Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk, beyond the back of the walls, you can still see where the town ditch ran down to the shore near God’s House Tower. A sluice gate there allowed the ditch to fill with water at high tide, to help defend the town.

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Town Ditch
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Briton Street, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 3ES, United Kingdom
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Town Quay

Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AQ Southampton
Harbour / Marina
023 8023 4397 023 8023 4397

Town Quay is a mixed use destination substantially refurbished and developed in the late 1980s. It currently provides...

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Town Quay

Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AQ Southampton
Harbour / Marina
023 8023 4397 023 8023 4397

Town Quay is a mixed use destination substantially refurbished and developed in the late 1980s. It currently provides approx 90,000 sq ft of prime waterside office space, a restaurant, 2 cafes and 2 ferry terminals which handle over 1.5 million passengers travelling to and from the Isle of Wight and Hythe every year.

Located on the eastern shores of Southampton Water, Town Quay offers unrivalled views of Southampton’s busy maritime activity and direct access to the world famous cruising and racing waters of the Solent.

In the heart of Southampton, it is walking distance from the City’s cultural quarter, West Quay Shopping Centre and a variety of restaurants, bars and theatres making the marina a vibrant place to stay all year round. It is well served by transport links to the Isle of Wight, the New Forest and London and lies next door to the Southampton International Boat Show. The marina is the perfect place to capture the atmosphere of the summer’s yachting events.

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Town Quay
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Town Quay, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AQ, United Kingdom
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Watergate

Porters Lane, Southampton, SO14 2AR Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In 1476, Italian ships tied up at Town Quay tounload wines, dried fruits,...

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Watergate

Porters Lane, Southampton, SO14 2AR Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In 1476, Italian ships tied up at Town Quay to unload wines, dried fruits, spices and silks from the Mediterranean. The Watergate resonated with the voices of foreign sailors passing through the main entrance into the town. 

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Watergate
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Porters Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AR, United Kingdom
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West Hythe Quay & Biddles Gate

Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In medieval times, this was a bustling waterfrontlined with the houses of...

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West Hythe Quay & Biddles Gate

Western Esplanade, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In medieval times, this was a bustling waterfront lined with the houses of wealthy merchants. After the French Raid in 1338, the merchants were forced to move and the walls of their houses were blocked up to create the town walls. You can still see the outlines of the medieval doorways and windows.

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West Hythe Quay & Biddles Gate
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Western Esplanade, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2AD, United Kingdom
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York Gate

York Gate, Southampton, SO14 2YB Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In 1202, King John gave £100 to “close the town”and build a line of defences to...

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York Gate

York Gate, Southampton, SO14 2YB Southampton
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Part of the Southampton Old Town Walk.

In 1202, King John gave £100 to “close the town” and build a line of defences to protect its people. The North Wall was the first to be built and links Bargate to Eastgate and Polymond Tower. York Gate was cut into the wall in 1769. 

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York Gate
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York Gate, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO14 2YB, United Kingdom
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