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Nos 1 to 3 Laburnum Cottages; 20 and 20a

A Grade II Listed Building in Wellington, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9765 / 50°58'35"N

Longitude: -3.2302 / 3°13'48"W

OS Eastings: 313726

OS Northings: 120401

OS Grid: ST137204

Mapcode National: GBR LV.LZCM

Mapcode Global: FRA 463J.KCW

Entry Name: Nos 1 to 3 Laburnum Cottages; 20 and 20a

Listing Date: 1 July 1976

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1059905

English Heritage Legacy ID: 270029

Location: Wellington, Taunton Deane, Somerset, TA21

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane

Civil Parish: Wellington

Built-Up Area: Wellington

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Wellington St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Listing Text

01-JUL-76 (South side)
Nos 1 to 3 Laburnum Cottages; 20 and 20A
(South side)
Nos 1 to 3 Laburnum Cottages; 20 and 20A

Commercial premises formerly a house of C18 date with late C19 remodelling to fa├žade; terrace of cottages to the rear, probably C18 and early C19.

MATERIALS: Nos. 20 and 20A Mantle Street are of painted brick with a slate roof; No. 1 Laburnum Cottages is rendered brick with a slate roof; and Nos. 2-3 is of painted random rubble with pantiles. All but No. 1 have brick chimney stacks.

PLAN: Accretional plan with Nos. 20 and 20A fronting onto Mantle Street and Nos.1-3 Laburnum Cottages running at right angles to the rear.

EXTERIOR: Nos.20 and 20A have a two bay painted brick front (north) elevation with later C19 double shop front to ground floor. The fascia above is supported on panelled pilasters. To the right is a hornless sash window with two further sash windows at first floor. There is a timber dormer in the roof pitch. To the right, on the ground floor is a passage entry with cambered head; a timber lintel at the rear. The rear (south) elevation comprises a window to the right of the entry, casement windows to the first floor, and a timber dormer in the roof.
No. 1 Laburnum Cottages is a two storey; two bay building that has a lower elevation than the adjacent buildings. The front (west) elevation has a central entrance with C20 timber door and porch canopy. There are two-light window openings to the left and right of the entrance and two to the first floor. All have been refenestrated in the late C20. To the rear are lean-to extensions.
Nos. 2-3 is a two storey range with a catslide roof to the rear (east) elevation. Each has an entrance door with a trellised porch and two- and three-light casements with timber cills to the front (west). No.3 also has a late C19 three-light bay window to the ground floor.

INTERIOR: Not inspected internally with the exception of No.1; here the entrance leads into a single room that retains evidence for a blocked doorway and window opening within the right hand wall (former gable wall of No. 2).

HISTORY: Nos. 20 and 20A Mantle Street appear to have been built as a single dwelling that was converted to commercial premises in the later C19. Stylistically, Nos. 2-3 Laburnum Cottages appear to be C18. No. 1 has been built between the rear wall of No. 20 and the north gable wall of No.2. It post-dates the adjacent buildings and may have originally been used as stabling or for storage and was then converted to a dwelling.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Nos. 20 and 20A Mantle Street represent a modest C18 former dwelling within the historic core of Wellington that was subsequently adapted for commercial use. Nos. 1-3 Laburnum Cottages date probably from the C18 and early C19 and are examples of modest, but architecturally appealing vernacular dwellings of this period. No. 1 has been subject to a degree of alteration and is of lesser interest than the adjacent structures, however all these buildings together form a group on a single urban plot and contribute to the character of this part of the town.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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