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Merchant Venturer's Almshouses

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bristol, City of Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4518 / 51°27'6"N

Longitude: -2.5955 / 2°35'43"W

OS Eastings: 358714

OS Northings: 172705

OS Grid: ST587727

Mapcode National: GBR C7L.YD

Mapcode Global: VH88M.YRQX

Plus Code: 9C3VFC23+PQ

Entry Name: Merchant Venturer's Almshouses

Listing Date: 8 January 1959

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202333

English Heritage Legacy ID: 379881

ID on this website: 101202333

Location: Bristol, BS1

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Bristol St Stephen with St James and St John the Baptist with St Michael and St George

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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901-1/16/595 (North side)
08/01/59 Merchant Venturers' Almshouses,
Nos.1-9 (Consecutive)


Almshouses. Dated 1696. Half destroyed by bombing c1940.
Render over Pennant rubble, C20 brick end-gable, brick lateral
and ridge stacks and pantile hipped roof. Double-depth plan to
2 1/2 sides of a formerly 4-sided courtyard. Early Georgian
style. 2 storeys; 5:8:1-window ranges. The W and half the N
ranges have gone, leaving a C20 brick gable to the end of the
5-window N range, and hipped roof to the originally-open S
range, with a thin drip course and timber modillion eaves
cornice. The long range has a central and 2 corner doorways, a
right-hand doorway to the S range, and third from left on the
N range, with scrolled brackets carved with leaves to open
pediment hoods, half over the corner doorways, and
timber-frames with boarded doors. Mid C20 casement windows
with top-hung casements above transoms, in flush frames.
Oculus over the central doorway. The road front is rubble with
quoins, 4 windows with thin rubble voussoirs to flat heads,
dated panel, and a good carved heraldic panel with merman and
merwoman flanking a shield. Tall rear N lateral stacks, and
ridge stacks separating houses to E and S sides. INTERIOR:
largely refurbished mid C20, dogleg stair in the entrance
hall. HISTORICAL NOTE: founded by the Merchant Venturers'
Society, for seamen, as attested by the board painted with a
poem to their virtues on the N side. Formerly an enclosed
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 90; The Buildings of England: Pevsner
N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 434).

Listing NGR: ST5883672707

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