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Latitude: 51.1295 / 51°7'46"N
Longitude: -3.0022 / 3°0'8"W
OS Eastings: 329963
OS Northings: 137164
OS Grid: ST299371
Mapcode National: GBR M5.9378
Mapcode Global: VH7DH.XW61
Entry Name: 7, Castle Street
Listing Date: 24 March 1950
Last Amended: 31 January 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1197359
English Heritage Legacy ID: 373838
Location: Bridgwater, Sedgemoor, Somerset, TA6
Civil Parish: Bridgwater
Built-Up Area: Bridgwater
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
ST2937SE CASTLE STREET
736-1/10/22 (South side)
(Formerly Listed as:
House, now offices. 1723-8 for the Duke of Chandos. By
Benjamin Holloway or Fort and Shepherd, the Duke's London
surveyors. Flemish-bond Bridgwater brick with red headers and
yellow stretchers, painted rusticated stone quoins to the
left, moulded architraves, cills, brackets and doorcase; roof
not visible; brick stacks. Double-depth plan with a rear left
3 storeys with basement; symmetrical 5-window range. The left
(south) end of the terrace that steps downhill from King
Square, No 7 terminates the row. Its substantial cornice
sweeps up to the left and caps the quoins, above it a plain
brick parapet, probably rebuilt, has plain stone coping. The
cyma-moulded segmental-arched architraves to the windows are
carved from rectangular blocks set into the brickwork; plain
consoles support moulded cills; some crown glass; 6/6-pane
sash windows to the second floor, 6 panes over plate-glass
lower sashes to the rest.
A bolection-moulded architrave below a restored hood on
brackets to the C20 door. A diamond pattern of red header
bricks to the centre of the left return is flanked by former
windows to the right and left of each floor, they are blocked
with harder brick, below are 2 wide segmental brick arches to
the basement. Rear wing not seen.
INTERIOR: room to ground-floor left has diagonal corner
chimney breast to the rear left, a simple early C18 cornice,
some thick skirting board and a late C18 semi-elliptical
arched recess to the rear. Room to right is late C18 in style
with reeded cornice and moulding, low skirting board and a
large semi-elliptical arched recess to the rear. The stairs,
between rooms to the right, were formerly late C18 in style
with fretted ends and a swept mahogany handrail, now boarded
and painted; they are open-well to the first floor and dogleg
above. Access to the rear wing is through a
semicircular-arched doorway with a moulded archivolt.
The terraces of houses in Castle Street form an important
group, unusual for their scale and ambition outside London's
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: South and West Somerset:
London: 1958-: 100; Colvin H: A Biographical Dictionary of
British Architects 1660-1840: London: 1978-: 428; VCH:
Somerset: London: 1992-: 200).
Listing NGR: ST2996337164
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