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Latitude: 51.1722 / 51°10'20"N
Longitude: -2.7766 / 2°46'35"W
OS Eastings: 345804
OS Northings: 141729
OS Grid: ST458417
Mapcode National: GBR MH.6DC5
Mapcode Global: VH7DF.TSHR
Plus Code: 9C3V56CF+V9
Entry Name: The Abbot's Fish House
Listing Date: 22 November 1966
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1345067
English Heritage Legacy ID: 267765
Location: Meare, Mendip, Somerset, BA6
Civil Parish: Meare
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
MEARE CP PORTERS HATCH (North side)
3/59 The Abbot's Fish House
House of the chief fisherman of the Abbot of Glastonbury; also used for salting and preparing fish. C14 (temp. Edward
III); roof renewed C20. Much weathered coursed and squared rubble, stone-tiled roof, restored eaves cornice, coped
verges with finials, freestone dressings. Rectangular on plan, 4 rooms to ground floor, 2 rooms to first floor, though
floor now removed; irregular fenestration; East end with a traceried 2-light pointed-arch window; 2-light chamfered
stone-mullioned windows; single-light openings in chamfered surrounds; all openings with later iron grilles.
Two-centred arch doorway in a chamfered stone surround to South; similar opening on first floor, formerly reached by a
flight of stone steps, now missing; 2 further narrow door openings to West, one on each floor; again iron grilles.
Interior with fireplace on each floor; 4 door opening in dressed stone surrounds. The building stood on the South-West
bank of Meare Pool, which had a circumference of 5 miles; it was drained in the late C18. It is postulated that the
fish house was erected in the time of Abbot Adam of Sodbury (1322-1335), who was also responsible for nearby Manor
Farmhouse (q.v). Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 3). (Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West
Somerset, 1958; VAG Report, unpublished SRO, 9 September, l174).
Listing NGR: ST4580441729
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