This is the mixing house still standing on the north side of Water Lane at its junction with Commercial Road. It is frequently claimed as a 13th century work and part of the original friars’ conduit water supply. L.A. Burgess, however, thinks it more likely it was constructed between 1420 and 1515 when water from Lubery Mead is recorded as being tapped for the town's use. The Lubery or Goswell streambed is the line of Water Lane and the Water House is located both on this line and also on that of the original pipe line from Colwell Conduit head.

Water House, Commercial Road

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Photograph, c2000.

Water House, Commercial Road

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Further reading:
Historic Buildings of Southampton, by Philip Peberdy, p52-53. (HS/k)
Southampton’s Historic Buildings, by R. J. Coles, p31. (HS/k)


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