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9 and 9a, Southgate Street

A Grade I Listed Building in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.865 / 51°51'53"N

Longitude: -2.2461 / 2°14'46"W

OS Eastings: 383148

OS Northings: 218515

OS Grid: SO831185

Mapcode National: GBR 1L5.2XQ

Mapcode Global: VH94C.0DX5

Entry Name: 9 and 9a, Southgate Street

Listing Date: 23 January 1952

Last Amended: 15 December 1998

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1271748

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472464

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1

County: Gloucestershire

District: Gloucester

Town: Gloucester

Electoral Ward/Division: Westgate

Built-Up Area: Gloucester

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Hempsted with Gloucester, Saint Mary de Lode and Saint Mary de Crypt

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text


844-1/8/252 (East side)
23/01/52 Nos.9 AND 9A
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)


Merchant's house, now shop (No.9) and restaurant (No.9A)
above. 1664/5 with C18, C19 and C20 alterations. Built for
Thomas Yate, apothecary and alderman of Gloucester. The date
1650, inscribed on a chimney piece, may be several years
earlier than the construction of the house. Restored 1992 for
Gloucester City Council. Timber frame and brick with timber
panelled facade, tiled roof with hipped dormers. C17
timber-framed front block; rear wing to left rebuilt in brick
in C19.
EXTERIOR: three storeys, attic and cellar; on the front a C20
shop-front, the upper floors of three bays jettied at first
and second-floor levels with moulded timber cornices planted
on the bressumers, and with a moulded timber crowning cornice.
On each upper floor three large C18 sashes with glazing bars
(4x4 panes) in original openings; on the first floor the
openings have moulded architraves flanked by carved drops, and
a continuous sill board; below each window a pair of raised
panels and above a shallow pediment with a carved tympanum; on
the second floor carved drops placed centrally between
segmental-pedimented windows with single panels below carved
in an oval pattern of strapwork; on both floors pilasters at
either end of the front. Two hipped roof dormers each with a
pair of leadlight casements. Mid C19 2/2-pane sashes to rear
INTERIOR: on the ground floor no visible features of interest
in shop. Entrance passage to right leads to C19 staircase.
Upper floors remodelled in C19 and C20. First-floor front room
has decorative plasterwork with cherubs and cartouches to
ceiling; bolection-moulded panelling and frieze with lozenges
and lions' masks; mid C19 moulded fire surround framed in
magnificent carved surround with cherubs, cornucopia etc and
segmental pediment to overmantel broken by arms of Yate
crossed with Berkeley and date 1650 (see historical note
below). Mid C17 dog-leg stair rises from first to third floor,
with turned balusters to closed string and large turned
finials to newels. Second floor panelled room, with lozenges

to frieze and bracketed cornice and very fine carved stone
fire surround which has addorsed lions flanking sheep in
nowy-headed tympanum, frieze with foliate and floral carving
and bracketed cornice. Attic has butt purlins to central truss
and timber-framed side walls.
HISTORY: of principal note for the outstanding architectural
quality of its carved and panelled timber facade; fine traces
of colour in the grain show that this woodwork was once
painted an orange russet colour. Thomas Yate was a younger son
of the Yate family whose family home was at Arlingham, south
of Gloucester: the date on the overmantle commemorates the
date of his first marriage in 1650. Pat Hughes has suggested
that the first four sons are portrayed as cherubs in the
plasterwork and that the other heads show Thomas and his two
wives. In the C19 the property was known as the "Old Blue
Shop", when it was the property of a bluemaker named James
Lee; traces of a dark grey-blue substance have been found on
the facade and under the floor board.
(BOE: Verey D: Gloucestershire: The Vale and the Forest of
Dean: London: 1976-: 250; Hughes P: History of 9 Southgate
Street: Report for Gloucester Council: 1992-).

Listing NGR: SO8314818515

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