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The Hext Almshouses

A Grade II* Listed Building in Somerton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0536 / 51°3'13"N

Longitude: -2.7317 / 2°43'54"W

OS Eastings: 348807

OS Northings: 128508

OS Grid: ST488285

Mapcode National: GBR MJ.FZPD

Mapcode Global: FRA 565B.FL5

Entry Name: The Hext Almshouses

Listing Date: 17 April 1959

Last Amended: 30 September 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1295258

English Heritage Legacy ID: 263063

Location: Somerton, South Somerset, Somerset, TA11

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Somerton

Built-Up Area: Somerton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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8/255 The Hext Almshouses
(formerly listed as Almshouses)



Almshouses. Dated 1626 remodelled 1883 and 1967. Local lias stone cut and squared with Ham stone dressings; undulating
plain clay tile roof between coped gables having gabletted finial at east end and small stone bell turret, without
bell, to west; brick and stone chimney stacks to rear. Single storeyi 8 bays, formerly one bay to each house, but now
modified; each bay has a boarded and studded door in chamfered cambered archway, then a 2-light hollow chamfer
mullioned window, then semi-circular arched niche seats for the occupants, appearing in pairs as alternate bays were
handed; all right hand (even number bays) doors now blocked: continuous string over all openings; in centre stone
plaque with painted arms inscribed 'E.H/He hath Dispersed/abroad and Given/to the Poor/His Benevolence/Remaineth for
ever/1626", flanked by 1967 tablets recording latest restoration. Interior not seen. Started by Sir Edward Hext before
he died in 1624 and intended for 8 men; this was reduced to 4 in 1883 when the premises were remodelled. (VCH, Volume
III, 1974).

Listing NGR: ST4880728508

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