The original structure was built in the mid or late 15th century on the remains of an earlier 13th century house built by Benedict Ace in c.1220. The cellars and foundations are of the 13th century. It has been a public house since 1490 when it was known as the Brewhouse. It became the Shipwright's Arms in 1771, and was given its present name in 1815, soon after the Battle of Waterloo. The building lost its top floor during the Blitz and was rebuilt to original proportions in 1961. The essential timber framework on the ground floor is original, but most of the other features and fittings are not. It is Grade II listed.
Building of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p543. (H/i)
Excavations in Medieval Southampton Volume I, by Colin Platt (ed), p115-117, 176-186. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 1, p11-12. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 14, p4. (HS/f)
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