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Old Ship Hotel

A Grade II* Listed Building in Mere, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.0906 / 51°5'26"N

Longitude: -2.2695 / 2°16'10"W

OS Eastings: 381219

OS Northings: 132404

OS Grid: ST812324

Mapcode National: GBR 0V3.H20

Mapcode Global: FRA 6647.MMT

Entry Name: Old Ship Hotel

Listing Date: 6 January 1966

Last Amended: 7 July 1989

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130748

English Heritage Legacy ID: 320142

Location: Mere, Wiltshire, BA12

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Mere

Built-Up Area: Mere

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Mere St Michael the Archangel

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

(north side)

6/13 Old Ship Hotel (formerly
6.1.65 listed as The Ship Inn,
Free House)


House, now hotel. 1711 by Henry Andrews of Woodlands (q.v.), replacing earlier
house of C17; some later refenestration and extension. Coursed squared
limestone, flush ashlar quoins and dressings; back mainly in rubble, some
rendering. roof stone slate to front slope, mainly plain tile to back but with
5 courses stone slate at eaves; wing has concrete double roman tiles. A
handsome wide frontage at street line with wide central carriage way; to right
the principal rooms and main staircase, and deep wing projecting back from this
side. Two storeys and attics, 7 bay symmetrical front; at ground floor are
three 24-pane, sashes, then, right of throughway a 24-pane sash, an 8-pane above
a disused door with 25-pane top glazed part and a C20 horizontal 15-light.
First floor has 7 two-light stone cyma mullioned casements with transome and
small-scale leading; numbers 3-6 seem to be careful replacements of originals;
there are 5 roof-lights in the plane of the roof. Centrally is a wide through-
way with chamfered arch to imposts and pilasters beneath a cyma-moulded string
the full width of the front, above the sashes and raised over the arch;
chamfered plinth dies to rise in pavement left; two-course stepped stone eaves
cornice; two large brick stacks to hipped roof. Back has varied fenestration,
including one wood cross-window with some leading. Inside the throughway, left
and right are 6-panel doors in eaves moulded architraves and to broken segmental
pediments with central base formerly supporting finials. A further panelled
door on right side, and a 2-light Yorkshire sash and 3-light glazing bar
casements. Interior has in right half, grand dog-leg stair through 2 floors,
with heavy handrail, square newels and turned balusters. Ground floor front,
right has a fireplace with heavy bolection mould surround and under Jacobean
panelling; behind this, in bar, an early C18 bolection mould fire surround under
heavy Jacobean overmantel to C20 mantel shelf; central painting of Charles II
Some upper rooms with enriched plaster cornices. The external wrought iron sign
probably by Kingston Avery in mid C18 is large and of great elaboration.
Formerly on main London to West Country route (old A303) now by-passed.

Listing NGR: ST8121932404

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

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