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Adjoining these latter, in the lano leading into French-street, a piece of stone wall containing three circular arch cases is the only existing remains of the ancient Woollen Hall, which formerly occupied the whole of this side of the Square.
SAINT MICHAEL'S CHURCH.
Which forms the east side of the Square, shows marks 'of higher antiquity than any other in Southampton. The original structure belongs to the Norman period, about the date of 1080 (William I) : this is shown by the arches of the tower having no " Chamfer." The original church was probably a plain cross with out aisles.
In the 13th Century an Early English aisle was added on the north : this extended to the north-east pier of the tower, and had an altar the picina of which still remains in the side of the pier.
In the 15th century, an aisle was added to the southward of the High Altar, and at the same time the Early English windows of the north aisle were filled with Perpendicular tracery; the great east and west window, west door-way, and the " Priest's " door in the north wall eastward, were probably erected at the same time.
At a later period, aisles north and south of the nave were added, and also a north door, close to which is a " Benetura," or stoup for Holy Water Later still the Norman pillars and arches of the nave were replaced by the very poor ones which now exist.
Subsequently to this a Chantry Chanel was built on the south side of the south chancel aisle. This in lime became desecrated and turned into a dwelling-iouse, within living memory it was occupied as a jarber's shop; it has now for some time been pulled town, and the archway into the church roughly filled ivith old stones.
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