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Sections of Wall Running South Along Esplanade from South-West Corner of Simnel Street to University, Southampton

Description: Sections of Wall Running South Along Esplanade from South-West Corner of Simnel Street to University

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 October 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 135949

OS Grid Reference: SU4180511253
OS Grid Coordinates: 441805, 111253
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8993, -1.4069

Location: B3039, Southampton SO14 2DB

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

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There is also a scheduled monument, Town Wall: Section Between Simnal Street and the Site of the Bugle Tower Excluding the West Gate, 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

Sections of wall running
south along Esplanade
from south-west corner of
Simnel Street to
University Air Squadron
Headquarters at south end
of Bugle Street. Includes
The Arcades, The West Gate,
Blue Anchor Postern and
Biddles Gate
SU 4111 3/252


Mediaeval City Wall built of stone rubble about 20 feet in height. It incorporates
the Arcade, and arcaded screen wall built against existing Norman merchants
houses forming a series of deep arched recesses to give a rampart wall at
the top, 19 arches in all, and the West Gate. This Mid C14 gateway has simple
chamfered outer arches and a pointed tunnel-vault. It has 2 portcullis grooves.
The 2 upper storeys have C16 gunports. Embattled parapets. Through this
gate the army of Henry V marched to the ships for Agincourt in 1415 and the
Pilgrim Fathers embarked from West Quay on "the Mayflower" on August 15th,
1620. Scheduled as an ancient monument.

Listing NGR: SU4180611857

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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