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Red Lion Inn Including Mediaeval Vault, Southampton

Description: Red Lion Inn Including Mediaeval Vault

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 July 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 135835

OS Grid Reference: SU4204511222
OS Grid Coordinates: 442045, 111222
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8990, -1.4035

Location: High Street, Southampton SO14 2NS

Locality: Southampton
County: Southampton
Country: England
Postcode: SO14 2NS

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There is also a scheduled monument, Vault under Head Post Office, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

5239 (east side)

No 55
(Red Lion Inn)
including Mediaeval Vault
SU 4211 4/138 14.7.53


Late C15 and early C16. Facade is 3 storeys C20 sham timber-framing but behind
is a well preserved late mediaeval timber-framed hall-house. The west part,
of 2 storeys and gabled attic, probably represents the original solar. Behind
is the very high hall of 3 bays long which rises the whole height of the building
to the tiebeam roof with windbraces which was probably altered in the C17.
A screened passageway with balustraded gallery above at first floor level
runs along the north side of 2 bays. The 3 posts supporting the gallery and
the greater part of the boarded partition are original. The balustrade of
flat-shaped balusters are probably C16. The east bay is filled with a wide
screened gallery at first floor level. Two stone fireplaces, probably early
C16 are built into the hall against the south wall of the east bay and in
the ground floor eastern chamber, with moulded 4-centred arch and rounded
tracery patterns in square panels in the front of the overmantel. Below the
hall is a mediaeval valut, probably remaining from an earlier house on the
site, reputed to be the 'Court room' where the intending assassins of Henry
V, Lord Scrops of Masham, Sir Thomas Grey and the flatly of Cambridge were
tried when Henry V was in Southampton in 1415, preparing for Horfleur and
Agincourt (See also St Julian's Church, Winkle Street).

Listing NGR: SU4204511222

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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