This is one of only three Norman chimneys in the country. It was originally attached to 79a High Street, a house the oldest features of which date to the 12th century. There is speculation that the house was the home of Gervaise le Riche, Port Reeve of Southampton. For most of the early 20th century the chimney was not visible from the street and few people seemed to be aware of its existence. It came to light after 79a High Street was destroyed in the Blitz. The chimney was dismantled after the war and re-erected in Tudor House Garden.

Norman Chimney

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The chimney in its original position attached to the wall of 79 High Street. Photographed in the 1930s.

Norman Chimney, 1941

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The chimney still attached to the ruined house on the High Street.


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