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© Mr Derek Wilson

IoE Number: 135949
Location: TOWN WALLS, WESTERN ESPLANADE
  SOUTHAMPTON, SOUTHAMPTON, HAMPSHIRE
Photographer: Mr Derek Wilson
Date Photographed: 28 September 2002
Date listed: 08 October 1981
Date of last amendment: 08 October 1981
Grade I

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TOWN WALLS 1. 5239 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 I 2. 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.

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