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The Bargate, Southampton

The Bargate is a Grade I listed medieval gatehouse in the city centre of Southampton, England. Constructed in Norman times as part of the Southampton town walls, it was the main gateway to the city. The Bargate was built c. 1180, constructed of stone and flint. Alterations were made to the building around 1290, when large drum towers were added to the north side, with arrow slit windows. A two-storey extension was made to the south side towards the end of the 13th century, with four windows lighting the upstairs room. Work was also carried out to the interior of the upper room during the 13th century, when the stone fireplaces were installed. The embattled north front was added to the building around 1400. (Source: Wikipedia)

Members of the Medieval Graffiti Survey were given access to the building and some of their photographs are shown below.

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Face with initials   Initials   VV and other shapes   Face and other shapes Face
A face with initials.   The initials P F.   VV and other shapes.   A face with mizmaze and other shapes. A face
A figure   Heads and a figure   Mason's mark   Merchants' marks Star of David
A figures.   Faces & a figure, possibly linked to the Southampton Plot of 1415.   A possible mason's mark.   Merchant's marks. A star of David.