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The Wool House

A Grade I Listed Building in Southampton, Southampton

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Latitude: 50.8976 / 50°53'51"N

Longitude: -1.4061 / 1°24'21"W

OS Eastings: 441864

OS Northings: 111064

OS Grid: SU418110

Mapcode National: GBR RQH.F2

Mapcode Global: FRA 76YQ.N20

Plus Code: 9C2WVHXV+2H

Entry Name: The Wool House

Listing Date: 14 July 1953

Last Amended: 8 October 1981

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1092060

English Heritage Legacy ID: 135747

Location: Southampton, SO14

County: Southampton

Electoral Ward/Division: Bargate

Built-Up Area: Southampton

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Southampton City Centre St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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5239 (east side)

The Wool House
(also known as
The Maritime Museum)
(formerly listed as
Old Wool Store)
SU 4111 3/55 14.7.53


C14 with C18 alterations. This was built, after the French raid of 1338,
by Cistercian Monks as a storehouse for wool to be exported to Europe. It
is the only surviving freestanding mediaeval warehouse in Southampton. Two
storeys built of stone rubble with angle quoins. Old tiled roof. The west
side has 3 massive buttresses, semi-circular in plan, probably added in the
C16 and C17. In the C18 the building was used to house French prisoners of
war during the Seven Years War and Napolionic Wars. At this time the quay
front was rebuilt with segmental-headed windows and central door. The interior
contains a fine C14 arched collar braced roof of Spanish chestnut. Aumbry
set in the northern bay of the west wall at first floor level. Scheduled
as an ancient monument.

Listing NGR: SU4186211222

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