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South Somerset (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 44104 09827



ST4409 MARKET SQUARE 876-1/7/91 (West side) 12/06/50 Nos.13 AND 15 Oscars


House, possibly an inn, now a shop. Early C16 with early additions of rear wings; later alterations. MATERIALS: stucco facade, limestone rubble to the rest; steeply-pitched slate roof with stone coping, moulded kneeler and brick stack to right gable end. PLAN: 3-unit cross-passage plan with 2 rear wings. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; 4-window range. The first-floor has 4/8-pane sashes in forward frames. A late C19 shopfront, to the right-of-centre of the ground-floor, has a moulded fascia with ornate consoles, reaching almost to cill-level; 3 plate-glass windows between colonnettes, and a set-back door to the right. To the left is a 6-panel door in a moulded architrave, (the original entrance to the cross-passage); to the outsides are smaller but similar shop windows. INTERIOR: the building is over a vaulted cellar of 3 equal bays which correspond with the rooms above plus the cross-passage; it has a high rubblestone plinth around the north, east (front) and west (rear) sides. A line of columns along the centre have round bevelled capitals below square abaci, the bases are similar; corresponding half-columns against the wall, stand on the plinth and have no bases. The floor is of Ham Hill stone flags with a runnel along the sides and north end wall, draining into a hole in the north-west corner. The ground-floor room to the north, possibly the parlour, has a deeply-moulded beam against the north wall, an obscured beam to the south end and an axial beam to the centre. The central room, the former hall, has an elaborate framed ceiling of 3 main compartments divided by richly carved axial and wall beams. A beam marks the 4ft width of the former cross-passage; there is evidence of a former fireplace in the south wall. First floor and roof: the north wall contains a small stone fireplace with a cambered lintel and sunk spandrels, the moulding to the arrises is stopped approx 1 inch above the floor. The first bay, to the north, is formed by a tie-beam truss with vertical rods for wattle and daub; the tie-beam has been shaped to the rear end, probably over a former doorway; the second bay has an almost similar truss with carpenters' assembly marks (III) at the apex and 2 rows of trenched purlins, both replaced. Above the present ceiling there are wind braces to the front between these trusses and slots for windbraces to the rear. The purlin above them is chamfered with step-and-runout stops to both edges. The third bay, which covers the cross-passage, has replaced purlins; the south roof truss is marked II, it has slots for windbraces, and rodholes and grooves from a former partition; the fourth bay, to the south, ends at a stone wall with a stack of the former fireplace on the ground floor. The rear wings have collar truss roofs; that to the south is higher with carpenters' marks I and II on the two trusses; the collars are halved on and pegged; the purlins rest on those of the main block. The first-floor front wall is 6 inches thick and one exposed panel approx 3 ft square, adjacent the central truss, reveals depressed crossed curved braces.

Listing NGR: ST4410409827


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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: 19 Apr 2007
Reference: IOE01/16371/24
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John H. Sparkes. Source Historic England Archive
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