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ST5445 SADLER STREET 662-1/7/230 (East side) 12/11/53 Nos.20 AND 22 The Ancient Gate House Hotel (Formerly Listed as: SADLER STREET (East side) No.20 The Ancient Gate House Hotel)


Hotel. 1451 with later amendments. Local random stone rubble with Doulting stone dressings, rendered at first-floor level, Welsh slate roof with abutment to north and continuation to south, stone chimney stacks. PLAN: the building incorporates Nos 20 and 22; No.20 has a single room on each floor, much restructured in the early and later C18, but retaining C15 fabric. No.22 has 2 main rooms at each level in a former single-depth range, possibly with a former cross-passage, and with spiral stair at the rear, right end; this part is also linked with the mediaeval Brown's Gate (qv), including one of its lettable rooms. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with attic, 4 bays. Plinth, ground-floor bays 1 and 2 have 4-light ovolo-mould mullioned and transomd windows under timber lintels, and bay 4 has a 16-pane sash window with exposed sash boxes and timber lintel, there is a half-glazed door between bays 1 and 2, and to bay 3 is a 6-panel door, recessed and up 2 steps, with moulded timber hood on console brackets. First floor has 16-pane sash windows to all bays, attic has dormers with 2-light segmental-arched head casement windows to bays 1 and 4 and between bays 2 and 3. North side elevation integral with Brown's Gatehouse (qv), and features a break forward eastwards, with a timber doorway in stone surround, a blocked 2-light window to left, with a blocked single-light above. Rear elevation to Cathedral Green in form of outshut, with battlemented rear wall, with a part-glazed pair of doors and a 2-light casement window to ground floor, and above, cutting into parapet string, a 2-light horizontal-sliding sash, at mezzanine level to right an oculus. 2 late dormer windows in roof with former chimney between. left of this, a section of C18 and earlier, with three storeys, 2 bays, having sash windows with thick glazing bars, 12-pane to ground and first floors and 6-pane to second, C20 part-glazed door with timber hood to lower bay 1. INTERIOR: at the ground floor the right-hand room has been much modified to provide a reception area, and a rear room has a small stone square fireplace and a moulded cornice. To the left of the entry, C20 panelling has replaced most wall detailing, but there are 2 ceilings each in 4 compartments with C16 moulded beams. The further room has a large fireplace to the end wall, with a heavy and richly carved C15 overmantel with brattishing and florets, above which is a small area of C17 panelling. To the right of this is part of the buttress stonework to Brown's Gate. The rear wall has a stone chamfer-arch doorway to the left, and a small C15 stone fireplace with 4-centred arch and spandrels, but cut through centrally to a raised arch; to its right the upper part of a further arched doorway, now as a lunette, but perhaps the former rear door to the passage. Above these rooms the former space has been sub-divided, with a passage to the E side, with irregular stonework, and including a fireplace, and the compartmental ceilings are visible in sections. The windows have panelled shutters. The entry to the passageway is through an arched chamfered doorway. In the attic floor is one C17 door with moulded planks, cut at the head to fit an irregular opening. The roof over No.22 has a flat chamfered windbrace over the front slope, with a very large chamfered and stopped purlin; a central principal breaks through the purlin at the crown of the arch brace, where a dormer has been formed. The rear slope in this same room has one chamfered and stopped rafter exposed. Over No.22 no wind-bracing remains, but one mortice is visible in a rear principal; the main structure is heavy cambered collar trusses and 2 large purlins, and one room has a cruck-like foot to one of the principals.

Listing NGR: ST5495145838


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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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Reference: IOE01/12859/33
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