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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1295258
English Heritage Legacy ID: 263063
Location: Somerton, South Somerset, Somerset, TA11
District: South Somerset
Civil Parish: Somerton
Built-Up Area: Somerton
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
ST4828 SOMERTON CP WEST STREET (South side)
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
Listing NGR: ST4880728508
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