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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1383081



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

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Wells

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 12-Nov-1953

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 483499

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ST5445 SADLER STREET 662-1/7/218 (West side) 12/11/53 No.7


Offices, formerly house. Mainly C17 with some evidence for C15 fabric, with C19 and C20 modification. Timber-frame, jettied, rendered and colourwashed, Welsh slate roofs, brick chimney stacks. PLAN: original plan may have been single-depth range at right angles to street, with main heated rooms to the right (N) side, and with a long wing to the left overlooking a courtyard, and return wing across the back; probably a through passage to the left. The original stair in a semi-cylindrical well near the rear. 2 unequal gables face the street. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, two bays. Splendid late C18 or early C19 shop front across ground floor, slightly projecting under lead flat roof and timber cornice; on left a 6-panel door giving access to passage, then two 32-pane windows with canted ends containing much crown glass and between these a pair of matching glazed doors. Upper floors have canted bay windows with cornice, continued across to link windows, and 2-course slate roofs to first floor, and hipped slate roofs to second floor, C17 windows with ovolo moulds, 1+3+1 light each, with transoms almost at mid-point of windows, with turned balusters to corners on console brackets. Between windows at first floor-level a pair of C17 two-panel doors with diamond-leaded fanlight over, slightly narrower than doorway, with ornamental plasterwork around this item. Double projecting sign at first floor level between windows, on probably C19 brackets with long stays. INTERIOR: the ground floor front room left has a deep embrasure in the party wall, either a former fireplace, or a door connecting to the adjoining property, and the room to the right has a thick rear wall, rebuilt, and a central lateral beam on a jowelled post with chamfer and run-out stops. A room to the rear has 2 deep C16 or C17 beams to stepped run-out stops. Towards the rear is a wide stair in curved well, with small lantern over. The first-floor landing has a C17 three-light casement with fixed glass, and opposite this a C17 small panel door. The first-floor front was originally one full-width room, with a 4-compartment ceiling, now with dividing partition; the central beam bears on the window head. The N end has a stone fireplace with deep lintel, and to its left a further C17 small-panel door. The stair hall has various beams. The upper staircase is late C17, with pulvinated solid string and splat balustrade, but the balustrade missing from the lowest 4 steps. At the quarter landing are remains of multi-light casement window with evidence of cusping. The second-floor front has in the N room a deep stone fireplace with splayed surround, and a very deep boxed central beam; to the S room is an C18 2-panel door with a 9-pane top-light with thick glazing bars. The roof had high collars, now removed, and butt purlins, some with chamfers and run-out stops. The development of this building needs further study. The shop-front is a particularly interesting survival. (Vernacular Architecture Group Reports: Williams and Hale: Taunton: 1988-).

Listing NGR: ST5495045778

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Williams, , Hale, , 'Vernacular Architecture Group Report' in Vernacular Architecture Group Report, (1988)

National Grid Reference: ST 54958 45781


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