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The Widdicombe Arms

A Grade II Listed Building in Wraxall and Failand, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.4405 / 51°26'25"N

Longitude: -2.7275 / 2°43'39"W

OS Eastings: 349529

OS Northings: 171531

OS Grid: ST495715

Mapcode National: GBR JK.NDM6

Mapcode Global: VH88R.N2X0

Entry Name: The Widdicombe Arms

Listing Date: 27 April 1973

Last Amended: 16 March 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1129051

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33580

Location: Wraxall and Failand, North Somerset, BS48

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Wraxall and Failand

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

ST 47 SE WRAXALL CLEVEDON ROAD (south-west side)

3/184 The Widdicombe Arms (formerly
listed as The Battleaxes Inn


Village temperance inn, estate club house and caretaker's house, now a public
house with integral restaurant and accommodation. Designed 1880-1881, dated
1882, by William Butterfield for Anthony Gibbs of Tyntesfield. Coursed rubble
with freestone dressings and irregular quoins; mock timber framing to some of the
first floor; plain tiled roofs; ashlar and rubble stacks. An irregular and
asymmetrical group with the inn at the south-east and the former club hall and
former caretaker's house to the north-west. The inn is 2 storeys with a central
section of 2 coped gables with finials; the left gable has a chequer-board pattern;
single light casement and cross windows on ground floor; 2- and 5-lights on first
floor. The right window has a plain architrave and is surmounted by a flat gable
with pinnacles; downpipe with a decorative Gothic style hopper and the letter G (Gibbs);
off-centre gabled projecting porch with clasping buttresses, panelled doors in a
hollow-chamfered, pointed surround under a hoodmould. To the left of the centre is
a 2-bay section of irregular heights: at the right is a 2-light casement window with
shouldered heads, and a timber-framed first floor; at the left is a projecting,
single-storey, gabled wing with 2-light casement windows. To the right of the centre
is a further irregular 2-bay section with a blocked door to the left and a C20 bow-
fronted extension to the right; timber-framed first floor with a gabled dormer on
corbels. The C20 extension joins the inn to the former club hall, through a porch
with a hipped roof. The hall is of a single storey, 5 bays; timber-framed on a
rubble base; single light casement windows; the centre projects as a 1:2:1 light
canted stone bay, the windows have ashlar surrounds and shouldered heads, half
pyramidal roof with a cast-iron finial. The north-west gable end is stone and has
a 2-light Geometrical style window. Set back at the right is a single storey
entrance wing; plank door in an ashlar surround with a cusped head and flanking
buttress. Behind this - facing onto the Grove - is the former caretaker's house:
2 storeys, a flat roof concealed behind a moulded cornice, moulded string course;
2 bays, 2- and 3-light casement windows with, chamfered mullions and under relieving
arches on the ground floor; central plank door in a segmental headed surround and
under a triangular dripmould. The rear elevations are also quite irregular and
asymmetrical with bows, bays and turrets on 3 floors. The interior of the inn is
altered butthe former hall has a timbered roof (P. Thompson, William Butterfield,

Listing NGR: ST4952971531

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