From 1290 water was piped by the Franciscan friars from Colwell Spring in Shirley to the Water House in what is now Commercial Road and thence to the friary on the lower High Street. Inside the walled town there were a number of conduits for public use:
(1) All Saints' conduit was situated at the south west corner of the church.
(2) Holy Rood conduit was on the east side of the High Street outside Holy Rood church.
(3) Friary conduit was on the east side of High Street within the Friary buildings. The exact site is unknown, but was probably in modern Gloucester Square.
(4) God's House conduit was on the south side of Winkle Street against the town wall.
(5) Achard's conduit head (with pump) probably represents the Water House in Commercial Road.

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