This cellar, which used to stand under the Royal George public house at 88-89 High Street, probably dates from the 12th or 13th centuries and stands between Porters' Lane and Broad Lane. It has a surviving barrel vault some 60 feet long running east to west. The public house was destroyed during the blitz of 1940 and the site is now on open land. It can be firmly identified with the 15th century description “Dame Isabella's vault”. It is Grade II listed.

Quilter's Vault

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Interior of the vault.

Quilter's Vault

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Exterior of the vault on the High Street.


Further reading:
Medieval Southampton, by Colin Plat, p99. (HS/h)
Excavations in Medieval Southampton, by Colin Platt (ed), p98, 204-207. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 14, p3. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 4, p13. (HS/f)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p550. (H/i)


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