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CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT
1237. The corporation list of mayors commenced.
1239. Netley Abbey founded.
1292. The stone conduit under the Polygon erected.
1295. The inhabitants of the town first exercised the elective franchise.
1324. The mayor prosecuted the authorities of Lymington for exacting payment of dues on shipping, and obtained damages.—The first mention of mayor and bailiffs occurs in documents of this date.
1327. The inhabitants petitioned Parliament to retain the privilege of having customs.
1334. The name of Above Bar-st. first occurs in a document of this date.
1335. A magazine of provisions for the fleet established.
1338. Southampton Water the rendezvous of the English fleet about to invade France, twenty-one ships and five hundred and seventy-six mariners of which were furnished by the town. The French landed and burnt the old town. They were defeated, and their commander, the King of Sicily's son, slain. The site of the old town deserted and that of the present one chosen and built on.—East Gate and walls built.
July 4, 1345. The army destined to conquer at Cressy embarked in 1600 ships.
1348. A Spanish prize ship arrived, brought by Sir Nicholas Amory.—A dreadful pestilence spent its fury in the neighbourhood.
.1354. Southampton became the authorised port for shipping wool, leather, woolfells, and lead from "Winchester to Ireland.
Between 1327 and 1377. The principal portion of the portal of the Bar-gate built.—An Act passed by which all cargoes of wool not originally shipped to Jersey and Guernsey from this port must be either relanded or pay a duty at the Custom-house.
1379. A Genoese merchant assassinated at the supposed instigation of some London merchants for attempting to extend the trade of the port.
1394. Southampton made the port for exporting wool and landing merchandise to and from Genoa, Venice, Catalonia, and Arragon.
Between 1377 and 1399. The castle and fortifications for the defence of the town and harbour enlarged and strengthened by Richard II.
1415. The army destined to conquer at Agincourt embarked.—The Earl of Cambridge, Lord Scrope, and Sir Thomas Grey were beheaded for conspiring to murder King Henry V., and their remains interred in the chapel of God's House.
1416. A portion of the English fleet blocked up in Southampton Water by a French fleet.
1417. Southampton the rendezvous of the army of Henry the Fifth destined for the second invasion of France.
1433. Sir Thomas Cook, lord mayor of London, advanced £6028 to the Lords of the Council on the customs and subsidies.
1461. Edward the Fourth paid a visit.
1470. Thomas Neville, natural son of Lord Falconbridge, beheaded for treason,
1471. A skirmish took place near the town, between the troops of the
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