Arundel Tower, Southampton

Arundel Tower, Southampton

This 60-foot-tall half drum tower was initially constructed in the 13th century. It was first known as Corner Tower and offered defensive forces a commanding view out to sea. It was re-named Arundel Tower after Sir John Arundel, governor of Southampton Castle in the 1300s.

During the 16th century, shoemakers, curriers, saddlers, and cobblers were charged with the tower's defense, and the tower became known as the Shoemaker's Tower.

Before the 20th century, its location near the sea has caused saltwater damage, and the tower has needed constant repair over the centuries. In fact, early illustrations show seawater lapping at the tower's foundations. Its exposed location near sea winds earned the tower the nickname "Windwhistle".

In the 20th century, a land reclamation program increased the size of the docks, and the sea is now further away.

Visitors can climb the Arundel Tower and enjoy views of the town wall.

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Arundel Tower on Map

Sight Name: Arundel Tower
Sight Location: Southampton, England (See walking tours in Southampton)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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