This 18th century public house occupied the north corner of the west side of St. Michael's Square and was demolished in 1899 to make way for St Michaels House, the municipal lodging house built by the corporation. In the 18th century the building was a private residence occupied by John Sturdy, a Roman Catholic cabinet maker. His workshop at the rear of the house was used for Catholic services, there being no Catholic church in the town at that time. On the house’s conversion in the late-18th century, Sturdy’s son in law Thomas Hitchcock became the first landlord. He and his wife Agnes Sturdy spent their honeymoon in the Pineapple Inn in London and decided to rename their pub in Southampton after it.

Pineapple Inn

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Watercolour by W. M. Cooper, c.1895


Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p85. (HS/h)


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