Built in the 13th or 14th century, the Castle Watergate is situated in a recess of the west wall just south of the entrance to Castle Vault. In the medieval period the gateway allowed access from the castle to Castle Quay, a private quay belonging to the king. Royal supplies were landed at the quay and stored in vaults on either side of the gate, and were then carried up to the castle by way of a staircase.

Castle Watergate

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Photograph, c.2010


see also

Further reading:
Historic Buildings of Southampton, by Philip Peberdy, p49-50. (HS/k)
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p1. (HS/h)
Southampton Castle, by John Hodgson, p30. (HS/k)


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