Union-Castle House is situated on the south side of Canute Road just east of Queen’s Park. It was built in 1846/47 by Alfred Giles as the new Customs House, replacing the old Customs House on Town Quay. The site was originally occupied by the short-lived Royal Gloucester Baths (image 3), built 1827, and some of the original brickwork may have been included in the new building. The Portland Stone frontage was added later to the basic yellow brick building. Until 1953 the building housed the offices of the Union Castle Line and has been referred to as Union-Castle House since then. The building has been converted into apartments (image 1). It is Grade II listed.

1. Union-Castle House

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Photograph, c.2010

2. Union-Castle House

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Union-Castle House, Canute Road. Photograph, 1953

3. Royal Gloucester Baths

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Drawn by R. Scrutton; printed by Engelmann, Graf, Coindet and Co. of Soho; published by H. Buchan, 1827

Further reading:

Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p553. (H/i)
Building Stones of Southampton, by Anthony Wadham, p64-65. HS/i)


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