The official office for the measurement and assaying of linen was housed in a building in Westgate Street. It was situated immediately north of the West Gate and south of the medieval tenement known as Rounceval.

The Linen Hall occupied the upper storey and the Tin Cellar, the official place for the sale of tin in the medieval town, was on the lower storey. In the medieval period linen came mainly from France in exchange for woollen cloth. Englefield in his Walk Through Southampton, 1801, tells us that the building was still there and was still called the Linen Hall / Tin House. By the time Philip Brannon published his Picture of Southampton in 1849 it had apparently been demolished.

Further reading:

A walk through Southampton, by Henry C. Englefield, p58. (HS/h)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 16, p2, 11. (HS/f)
Picture of Southampton (1849), by Philip Brannon, p52 (HS/h)


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