No. 15 Fore Street and cottage at rear


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No. 15 and cottage at rear, Fore Street, Taunton


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Statutory Address:
No. 15 and cottage at rear, Fore Street, Taunton

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

Somerset West and Taunton (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 22726 24452


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 01/06/2015

ST 2224 SE 11/253 5365

FORE STREET (South Side), No. 15 and cottage at rear

(Formerly listed as No 15 (Tudor-Tavern) [Formerly listed as No 15 (Tudor-House Restaurant)] and The Cottage at rear of No 15)



Taunton's famous "Ancient House", formerly Halliday's Shop. Said to have been the town house of the Portmans. Overhanging 3 storey timbered front dated 1578 with initials TT and IT. Very high red tiled roof, the upper part of the gable breaking forward above the 2nd floor oriel, and 2nd floor jettied also. Carved bressumers and bargeboards with pendant, curved braces in studding. 8-light oriel to 2nd floor. 1st floor has 9-light oriel with additional lights at sides making a continuous 17-light window. All windows are mullioned and transomed and have leaded lights. Beading and billet motifs to ground floor fascia over modern shop fronts. Pointed stone arch to entry on left hand side, original wooden door. Wrought iron ornamental bracket for bell. Behind the late C16 front survives a late medieval hall with open trussed roof and arched braces. Interior is considerably restored. The rear wing, previously listed as 'The Cottage', is part of the same property. Probably originally the servants' quarters etc. Approached through the arched entry at side of No 15 and along a picturesque narrow court. 2 storeys. Timber framed, with 1st floor jettied. Ground floor is now one long room used as a bar: continuous mullioned window along one side, partly renewed. Old fireplace opening. Both interior and exterior have been much restored.

No 1A Billet Street, No 66 The County Hotel, the Brendon Bar and No 8 East Street, form an important group with the listed buildings in Cheapside, Fore Street and the Parade.

Listing NGR: ST2272624452


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 07 Jun 2006
Reference: IOE01/14967/02
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John Chester. Source Historic England Archive
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