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Bar Gate and Guildhall

A Grade I Listed Building in Southampton, Southampton

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Latitude: 50.9027 / 50°54'9"N

Longitude: -1.4041 / 1°24'14"W

OS Eastings: 441997

OS Northings: 111636

OS Grid: SU419116

Mapcode National: GBR RQQ.JK

Mapcode Global: FRA 76YQ.8SZ

Entry Name: Bar Gate and Guildhall

Listing Date: 14 July 1953

Last Amended: 8 October 1981

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1092087

English Heritage Legacy ID: 135709

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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Listing Text

Bar Gate and Guildhall
(formerly listed under
High Street)
SU 4111 3/13
SU 4211 4/13 14.7.53.


Dates from circa 1180 with addition and alterations of circa 1290, C18 and
restored in 1864-5. It was built as a town gateway with Guildhall at first
floor level. Breaches were cut in the adjoining Town Walls in the 1930s.
Two storeys built of stone and flint. Ground floor has a central round-headed
archway of circa 1180-1200 the arch and responds round-chamfered with small
square abaci. Two other arches added in 1764 and 1774. Large drum towers
were added on the north side circa 1280-90. These retain arrow slit windows.
Embattled north front added circa 1400. South side 2 storey portion added
probably in late C13 with 4 windows lighting the upper storey room (restored
1864-5). Between the centre 2 windows is a trefoiled niche containing a statue
of George III in Roman costume. This replaced a wooden statue of Queen Anne,
now in the Bargate Museum. Bell of 1605 attached on the left hand side.
This was the curfew and alarm bell. Sundial of 1705. Five panels containing
painted shields of C18 date. The interior of the Guildhall contains late
C13 stone fireplaces with cinquefoil arch. This is one of the finest town
gateways in England. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: SU4255313582

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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