Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1056954

Date first listed: 19-Apr-1961

Statutory Address: COURT HOUSE, 48 AND 50, ST JAMES'S STREET


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Statutory Address: COURT HOUSE, 48 AND 50, ST JAMES'S STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset (District Authority)

Parish: South Petherton

National Grid Reference: ST 43212 17051


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SOUTH PETHERTON CP ST JAMES'S STREET (East side) ST4317 6/158 Nos 48 and 50 (Court House) 19.4.61


Detached house, later subdivided. C16 and C17, extended C18, with other modifications. Ham stone, mostly ashlar; Welsh slate roofs with coped gables to north crosswing, otherwise plain gabled; stone chimney stacks. 'T'-plan with additions; 2 storeys, 6 bay west elevation. Bay 1 is the medieval crosswing, projecting for 3 bays, and features an angled 2-storey bay window, probably C18, with small-pane sash windows of 12+18+12 panes to both levels, with moulded cills, cornice heads, pilaster strips, with stepped hipped stone roof over, and crowned with a pair of barley-sugar-twist chimneys: return has two 3-light hollow-chamfer mullioned windows in chamfered recesses without labels, rectangular-leaded, to first floor; and below, to bay 1 an early sash window of 32 panes with thick glazing bars, having hood and all to match the bay window; bay 2 has a similar opening without hood, with later 12-pane sash window, and between is a beaded surround doorway, now blocked. Bay 2 is a gabled projection with finial; below is a blocked segmental-arched opening with segmental-relieving arch over, and above is a 3-light hollow-chamfer mullioned window in wave-mould recess with label, rectangular-leaded; against the return a late C20 lean-to porch. The remaining 4 bays are a C18 wing, with plinth, moulded eaves course, and in centre of ridge a moulded cornice base and two octagonal stone chimneys with moulded caps; to ground floor are 12-pane sash windows and above are tall 24-pane sashes, all having recessed architraves and moulded cills; to right of bay 4 a plain boarded door in heavy frame. Extending forwards from the south-west corner a single-storey building (no 46) not of special interest. Set well back from the road a further extension northwards, of 2 storeys, one bay. Interior not seen, but the C18 wing is reported to have original corner-fireplaces, moulded p1asterwork, and an apparently C18 staircase in the bay between the crosswing and the south wing; the crosswing has C17 and C18 panelling, and dividing partitions of timber frames with daub filling on horizontal rods, deep chamfered beams without steps, two 4-centre-arched doorways; roof trusses mostly renewed but one smoke-blackened collar truss survives. This house probably served as the court house from 1540, but although the arrangement of the upper room of the south wing suggests a first-floor courtroom with separate access on south side, the courts appear to have been held in the Crown Inn, in the Square, by the C18. (VCH, Vol III, l974; VAG Report, unpublished SR0, l976).

Listing NGR: ST4321217051


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Legacy System number: 264243

Legacy System: LBS


Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Somerset, (1974)
'Vernacular Architecture Group Report' in Vernacular Architecture Group Report, (1976)

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