This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
ST3308 FORE STREET 756-1/4/58 (North side) 24/03/75 Nos.7A,7B,9,11,13 & 13A Waterloo House and Manor Court House
House and courtroom, now shops and offices. Late C16/early C17 with possible earlier origins and later alterations, principally in mid C19. Ham Hill stone ashlar with coursed and squared flint to left and pebble-dashed front to right; coursed and squared flint to rear wing; Ham Hill stone dressings; gabled slate and concrete roofs to front and pantile roofs to rear, all roofs with ashlar copings. Plan encloses 3 sides of a courtyard; hall to front with rear stair projection, parlour/service wing enclosing right side of courtyard and range with first-floor Court Room to rear; further wing to rear. 2 storeys and attics, except bay to right which has 3 storeys and attic; 6-window range. Centre has 2 gabled bays with ball finials flanked by 3-storey porch to left and 2-storey porch to right. All windows have hollow-moulded stone mullioned Tudor-arched lights; 2 centre bays have label moulds over 3-light attic windows above canted 5-light bay/oriel windows with sills continued as string course, that to right with C20 leaded lights; moulded sill and dripmould courses to 3:4:3-light windows with C19 leaded lights to porch on left, which has label mould over moulded Tudor-arched doorway with sunk spandrels set beneath moulded corbelling, and with obelisk finials to corners of triple-gabled parapet; similar porch to right has plainer doorway and triple-gabled parapet without obelisks. Late C19 projecting shop fronts to centre with pilasters and corbelled entablatures, that to the left retaining arched 6-light window with colonnettes and trefoil spandrels. Right-hand bay has simulated granite pebbledashed lintels with vermiculated keys over horned sashes except mid C20 casements to first floor and attic. Mid C20 shop front. Left-hand bay rebuilt mid C19 and gabled to front with obelisk finial, has mid C20 shop front; mid C19 four-light canted first-floor bay with Tudor-arched stone mullioned windows and brattished cornice; label mould over 3-light Tudor-arched stone mullioned dormer window to front with crocketed finial. Rear elevation: chamfered pointed-arched doorway to cross-passage, adjoining projecting gabled stair turret with 3-light chamfered stone mullioned window to top rear right wing. 2-storey, 3-window range to right side wall: chamfered lancet windows to stair turret adjoining main range; hollow-moulded stone mullioned windows of up to 5 lights, some with C19 leaded lights. C18 three-light casement with leaded lights set below eaves; C19 wood columns and flat hood fronting C20 double doors towards rear and to right of late C19 tripartite sash and late C19 fixed 5-light shop window with moulded cornice, both set in original deepened openings. Rear gable has 2 similar late C16 windows and garderobe projection. Left side wall of rear wing, of 2 storeys and attic, 3-window range: timber lintel over C17 plank door with strap hinges; hollow-moulded stone mullioned windows with mid C20 leaded lights, except similar Tudor-arched window with inserted late C19 doorway (originally of 6 lights, now 4); stair projection with 2 blocked lancet lights to rear of first floor; 2 dormers with similar mullioned windows. Wing to left of courtyard, mostly C19 and of 2 storeys, with rendered walls and C20 doors and windows. Both wings flank rear courtyard and abut 2-storey rear block parallel to street. The Manor Court has 20-light first-floor window with central king mullion-and-transom to hollow-moulded Tudor-arched doorway with sunk spandrels. Similar rear elevation with wide C17 plank and studded door adjoining 2-light moulded stone mullioned window. Late C16/early C17 two-storey, 3-window range rear wing, remodelled in early C19 as workshop range: timber lintels over C20 plank doors, late C19/early C20 fixed-pane casements and C19 planked double doors and loading bay. INTERIOR: particularly notable for very fine plaster ceilings of c1600: that to ground floor right has squares quartered by straight ribs with leaf motifs to corners, diamonds and foliate bosses; that to ground floor left has quatrefoils with floral motifs; that to first floor right is most intricate, with foliage and fruit to boss surrounded by groups of circles linked by hexagons; first-floor room to rear of latter has dolphins and human heads to cornice and ribbed panels enclosed by broad foliate crosses with small fluted bosses; that to Court Room is described below. Front block: Ground floor includes front room to right with blocked stone doorway to the rear of a cavity of a former open fireplace; stair turret to rear rises to first floor with blocked fireplaces, and Tudor-arched fireplace with sunk spandrels to left. Rear left wing: large room to front of axial stack has been partitioned off, the room now to the rear having moulded panelled door with black painted decoration and spiral stair of solid wood treads to right (east); room to rear of axial stack has early C17 oak panelled cupboard with cockshead hinges; first-floor partitions of studwork remain. C19 features to rear left wing include elliptical arches, 6-panel doors and staircase of mostly c1800; 2nd floor, mostly mid C19 with 4-panel door and hob grate in wooden surround to front room. Block to rear of courtyard: Manor Court Room has elaborate plasterwork to the barrel-vaulted ceiling and tympana at each end, including representations of the judgement of Solomon, Justice with a Sword, Three Men in the Fiery Furnace and Daniel in the Lion's Den; large stone fireplace to left (west) end, with 4-centred arch below ornate plaster panel between caryatids; ground floor has 2 rooms between through passage flanked by stud and panel screens with chamfered arched doorways and with pointed and moulded arched entrance doorways. Trenched purlin roof with jointed crucks throughout; arch-braced truss close to left gable wall of front wing suggests that it continued further to left (west). A print of 1843 in the Pigott Collection shows building prior to alteration to shops with bay windows to the ground-floor. (Pevsner N: Buildings of England: South Somerset: London: 1958-: P.118; Report by Vernacular Architecture Group).
Listing NGR: ST3219208605
© Mr Richard Bland. Source: Historic England Archive
This photograph was taken for the Images of England project
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Photographer: Bland, Richard
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