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Court House

A Grade II* Listed Building in South Petherton, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9501 / 50°57'0"N

Longitude: -2.8098 / 2°48'35"W

OS Eastings: 343212

OS Northings: 117051

OS Grid: ST432170

Mapcode National: GBR MF.NHYY

Mapcode Global: FRA 560L.M5Q

Plus Code: 9C2VX52R+23

Entry Name: Court House

Listing Date: 19 April 1961

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1056954

English Heritage Legacy ID: 264243

Location: South Petherton, South Somerset, Somerset, TA13

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: South Petherton

Built-Up Area: South Petherton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: South Petherton with the Seavingtons and the Lambrooks

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Nos 48 and 50
(Court House)


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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