The Sugar House was built in 1740 and was originally used, as its name suggests, as a sugar refinery. It stood on the south side of Sugar House Lane at the south end of Back-of-the-Walls, and was built on the site of the chapel of the medieval Franciscan Friary. In 1849 Philip Brannon tells us that it was being used as a military hospital, and at some time before 1856 it was rebuilt as a warehouse. It was demolished in 1941 after being damaged during the Blitz. On inspecting the bombed out building in 1941, O.G.S. Crawford discovered, on the north wall, a tablet with the inscription, “The first stone of this building was laid in the south east corner, April 1740”.
Friary House in Briton Street now occupies the site.

The Sugar House

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Photograph, c.1941, showing the warehouse after the Blitz.

Further reading:

Picture of Southampton (1849), by Philip Brannon, p24, 53 (HS/h)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 16, p19. (HS/f)


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