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Old Town’s Secret Medieval History

  • 3 October, 2014

Old Town is an attractive proposition for residents keen to live alongside or in some of the most historic buildings in Southampton.

Nestled away on French Street is the Medieval Merchant's House, a hidden gem now in the care of English Heritage. In a bygone age, this was a bustling centre of commerce as traders gathered to barter goods. Protected by nearby medieval stone walls built to defend Southampton against land and sea attacks, the Merchant’s House is just one of the historical treasures that make the Old Town such a joy to explore.

Within the top of Southampton Walls, and ideally situated for access to the city centre, is this charming two-bedroom cottage that contains many character features, as well as a courtyard garden.

Today, the Old Town still boasts over 90 listed buildings and more than 30 ancient monuments. Tucked away in between contemporary restaurants, bars and cafes are fascinating medieval churches, ancient wine vaults, and fine Georgian houses and hotels.

This two-bedroom fourth-floor apartment with water views is located in the historic building of South Western House. Formerly known as the South Western Hotel, this Grade II listed property was used by passengers travelling on the great liners including the Titanic. Also, available on the fifth floor is a two-bedroom apartment with an outlook over the city.

It’s this captivating mix of old and new that makes the Old Town a popular choice for homeowners. There’s a real sense of following in the footsteps of generations of townspeople and traders as you make your way down to the sea to watch the ships. Currently on the market in the historic waterfront district is Captains Place, a modernised three-bedroom town house within easy reach of Oxford Street and West Quay.

Nowadays, most of the commercial activity in the area takes place at West Quay shopping mall or nearby Ocean Village Marina with its restaurants, bars, cinemas, and sailing facilities. Property in Ocean Village is much sought after and this modern top floor apartment offers views towards the River Itchen and Southampton Water. By contrast, just a short walk from the Village on Bernard Street is this three-bedroom period home with high ceilings and classic features.

Amidst all the modern day conveniences, the streets of Old Town are still filled with reminders of times gone by.

If you are looking for your next home in Old Town Southampton or have a property you are thinking of selling or renting, call the Southampton office on 023 8023 3288 or send the team a message here.