This building, which was situated at the south corner of St Michael's Square and French Street, to the south of St Michael's Church, has been known erroneously as the 'Woollen Hall' since c.1805. In fact, it is the remains of a large 12th or 13th century merchant's house. It was described as a “capital tenement” in the 1454 terrier, indicating that it was a substantial property at the time. The remains in 1944-46 consisted only of an undercroft and some remnants of stone walls incorporated into the more modern buildings on the site.

Woollen Hall

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remains of the Woollen Hall, photographed in 1941


Further reading:
Excavations in Medieval Southampton, by Colin Platt (ed), p111-113. (HS/f)
Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p8. (HS/h)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 4, p15. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 5, p15. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 12 & 13, p6. (HS/f)
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 14, p4. (HS/f)


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