The medieval name of a building adjoining Westgate Street on its north side at the west end. This 12th century capital tenement was named from Rounceval Priory in Normandy, to which it formerly belonged, and so presumably indirectly from legendary Rouncevalles. In the 13th century it was the residence of Dame Claramunda, who probably lived here until her death in c.1260. 14th century occupiers included William Ravenston and William Nicholl, after whom the nearby tower is named. Its decay dates from the building of the West Wall, which restricted access to tenements in that part of the town. By 1482 it had passed into the ownership of the corporation and was a store house. It may have been used for ship repairing and / or carpentry in subsequent years.


Further reading:
Medieval Southampton, by Colin Platt, p37, 42, 47-47, 269. (HS/h)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 14, p4. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 1, 2. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 17, p10. (HS/f)


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