In 1420 a new stone water house and cistern were set up at the west end of Holy Rood Church. The water was piped from the conduit head, via the water house in Commercial Road, to this new water house. It was then branched into two separate pipes, one going south to the friary, as before, the other into a cistern for the use of the townsfolk. In 1801, when Sir Henry Englefield made his tour of Southampton, the water house at Holy Rood was still in use.

Further reading:
Medieval Southampton, by Colin Platt, p144. (HS/h)


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