1513 - Victualling Built

Saw facilities for victualling the fleet, built at the town in the form of five brewhouses, “to supply the army and navy with ‘a good beverage’ (a gallon per head per day)”. It was said that it was the building of these brewhouses that first gained Wolsey the favour of the king. Four of the brewhouses were built around a pond with a spring that supplied fresh water and close to the South Eastern wall of the town fortification and named Lion, Rose, Dragon and the White Hart. Although we are told that the pond was frequently defiled by buck washing. The other brewhouse was known as the Anchor. Complementing these was a bake house for the baking of bread known as the “Swanne, a King’s Bakehouse” that was situated at the Point.