Westlake’s Corn stores stood on the west bank of the River Itchen, close to Chapel Quay and Chapel Mill. They were designed by John Kent for the cornfactor Edward Pyott Westlake (Philip Brannon, The picture of Southampton, [1849], page [98]). They probably date from the first decade of the nineteenth century.

John Kent took a 40-year Corporation lease on 370 yards of the west bank of the Itchen in September 1802. He was forced to relinquish the lease through bankruptcy in September 1812, by which time the property included a corn store built for Westlake. Directory evidence tends to support the dating. The 1803 Southampton directory lists Edward Westlake, cornfactor at 73 High Street. The 1811 register lists him as cornfactor, Chapel Quay. Baker’s Southampton guide of 1840 locates the corn stores between the eastern end of Chapel Row and the Cross House. Westlake’s Quay is shown on J T Lewis’s 1842 map of Southampton immediately to the south of Chapel Mills and Chapel Quay, next to what appears to be the corn store. The illustration below – taken from an engraving of Southampton produced for the Royal Agricultural Society meeting in the town and published in The illustrated London News, 20 July 1844, page 41 – appears to show the corn stores.

Westlake Corn Stores

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The corn stores is probably the large building on the banks of the Itchen (upper left centre).

See also

Westlake, William Colson


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