This public house stood on the corner of Bargate Street and Western Shore Road and was erected against the medieval Arundel Tower, incorporating some of the fabric of the town walls into its own construction. The earliest public house on the site, dating to the mid-19th century, was the Plumbers Arms. A print dated to the 1840s (image 3) shows the building, but it is unclear if it was a public house at this time. Its name was changed to the Old Tower Inn (image 1) in 1873, when William Cantelo was the landlord, although the licence was still under the name of the Plumbers Arms until 1894. This building was demolished in 1899 and replaced with a new inn called the Arundel Tower Hotel (image 2), or sometimes the Old Arundel Tower Hotel. It was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the Inner Ring Road.

1. The Old Tower Hotel

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Frank McFadden’s engraving of the hotel, c.1891

2. The Arundel Tower Hotel

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Photograph, 1941

3. Arundel Tower

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This print dated to the 1840s and titled erroneously St Edward's Tower, shows the inn.

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Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes (2nd Series), by ‘Townsman’, p10. (HS/h)
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p76. (HS/h)
Southampton's Inns and Taverns, by Tony Gallaher, p73 (HS/k)


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