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Latitude: 51.1296 / 51°7'46"N
Longitude: -3.0018 / 3°0'6"W
OS Eastings: 329992
OS Northings: 137180
OS Grid: ST299371
Mapcode National: GBR M5.93BH
Mapcode Global: VH7DH.XVDX
Entry Name: 1, Castle Street
Listing Date: 24 March 1950
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1297184
English Heritage Legacy ID: 373832
Location: Bridgwater, Sedgemoor, Somerset, TA6
Civil Parish: Bridgwater
Built-Up Area: Bridgwater
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
ST2937SE CASTLE STREET
736-1/10/16 (South side)
Harbour Master's house, now offices. 1723-8. For James
Brydges, Duke of Chandos. By Benjamin Holloway or Fort and
Shepherd, the Duke's London surveyors. Red and yellow
Flemish-bond brick, Ham Hill stone quoins and plinth capping,
painted stone architraves, pantile roof hipped to the left
with brick stacks to rear corners. 2-unit central-entry plan.
3 storeys with basement; symmetrical 3-window range. The upper
storey is entirely of red brick but the quoin to the left
appears to be continuous. Segmental arches and thick glazing
bars to 6/6-pane sash windows with crown glass panes; moulded
cills, windows to left and right have moulded architraves,
those to centre have painted rusticated stone segmental arches
and jambs, each stone the size of a brick.
The moulded architrave to the C19 six-panel door has a moulded
keystone and plain plinths. To left of the door is a timber
lintel to a wide late C18/early C19 shop window which has 4
rows of 7 panes with thin glazing bars and a timber cill.
Flanking the door are segmental arches to the basement.
The left return has no plinth, it is one-window range with
segmental arches and moulded cills to a C20 6/6-pane sash
window to the second floor, 6/6-pane sash to the first floor
with thick glazing bars and a forward frame and a similar
window below with thin glazing bars. A blocked door to the
right has a low lintel to a grille over a basement opening.
INTERIOR: room to ground-floor left, behind the shop window,
has a diagonal corner chimney breast to rear left corner, a
reeded cornice and C19 tongue-and-grooved planking below a
dado rail. The floor to this side is higher than the rest. The
stairs against the rear wall are late C19 to ground floor and
early C18 with closed string, turned balusters and moulded
rail to the upper floors. Room to first-floor right has a
corner chimney breast to rear right and a moulded cornice
stopped over the windows which reach the ceiling.
The terraces of houses in Castle Street form an important
group, unusual for their scale and ambition outside London's
(Colvin H: A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects
1660-1840: London: 1978-: 428; Buildings of England: Pevsner
N: South and West Somerset: London: 1958-: 100; VCH: Somerset:
London: 1992-: 200).
Listing NGR: ST2999237180
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