1) A 19th century name for the Lion Inn, originally the New Inn, standing immediately north of the Bargate on the east side of Above Bar Street. The Pembroke Hotel later occupied the site.

2) The very old public house (image 1) standing on the east side of the lower High Street, now number 55. The building dates to the medieval period and is said to be one of the oldest pubs in the country. Its first license was granted in 1552. The cellars are early medieval, while the main body of the current building is Tudor with a Victorian frontage. Reputedly, the plotters against Henry V in 1415 were tried in the upper room, now called Henry V's Court House. The building was damaged in World War Two and restored in 1952. It is Grade II* listed.

3) Another Red Lion stands on Bitterne High Street (image 2). Before the area was pedestrianised in the 1980s, the pub stood on the fork of Bitterne Road and Bursledon Road. The original Red Lion, dating back to the 1830s, was an important staging post on the road east from Southampton. The current building dates from the 1860s.

4) There were other, 20th century Red Lions at 1 Bedford Place and 320 Portswood Road.

1. Red Lion Public House, High Street

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Photograph, c.2000

2. Red Lion Public House, Bitterne

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Photograph, c.2000


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