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IMPROVEMENTS GRAFTED ON TO SOUTHAMPTON'S NORMAN WALLS

IMPROVEMENTS GRAFTED ON TO SOUTHAMPTON'S NORMAN WALLS

In the above section of Southampton's town walls we find a curious compromise between military and civilian convenience. The original Norman wall also formed the outer wall of a number of dwelling houses whose blocked windows may still be seen. After the French raid of 1338 the authorities wished to strengthen the wall. So an arcade was built as we see it here, so that attackers could be assailed through holes in the arches. A Norman house, called "King John's Palace," is just behind.

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INSIDE THE NORMAN KEEP OF ROCHESTER'S GRAND OLD CASTLE
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