This was the medieval name and function of what is now St. Michael's Square west of the Church. In the later Middle Ages and Tudor times there was a building of this name occupying much of the space in the square, with an upper storey known as the Cloth House (or Hall) and later the Woollen Hall. This building was taken down in 1634 and erected adjacent to the West Gate and was known for many years as the Tudor Merchant Hall and is now known as Westgate Hall.

There is a strong presumption that the small quay west of the postern gate was used at this period by fishing vessels. After 1615 the fish market was held near Holy Rood Church and removed to the new Audit House in 1774.


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Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p14. (HS/h)
Medieval Southampton, by Colin Platt, 46, 52, 215. (HS/h)


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