(1) Castle Lane runs from the High Street (nearly opposite East Street) to the castle gate, which is still marked by the bases of the gate towers. It has been much altered in recent years. In the 19th century the lane was a notorious slum area. The houses were described in the Dilapidated Housing Report of the 1890s, and were marked down for immediate demolition. They survived until the slum clearances of the 1930s.

Lansdowne House and The Old Court House are in this road.

(2) Another Castle Lane formerly ran from Biddle's Gate in Simnel Street by a north east route to the castle postern in the south castle wall. The lane has since disappeared without trace.


Further reading:

Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p26-29. (HS/h)
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p 33. (HS/h)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 16, p15. (HS/f)


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