Photo of Southampton, God's House Tower 1908

Southampton, God's House Tower 1908

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Memories of Southampton

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Now Southampton's Archaeological Museum, this used to be the home of the town gunner, with the guns and powder stored here. During the 17th century, when it was the town jail, prisoners of war were held in custody here. The buildings survive as one of the most awe-inspiring defences within the city.

On the right of the photograph is the 15th-century God's House Tower, formerly the south-east gate of the old town and one of the earliest artillery fortifications in Europe. A ditch ran alongside the building until the 1850s, which was intended to link Southampton with the Andover Canal and the River Test.This used to be the home of the town gunner, with the guns and powder stored here. During the 17th century, when it was the town jail, prisoners of war were held in custody here.