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Old Deanery Court with Link Wall Along East Side

A Grade I Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.211 / 51°12'39"N

Longitude: -2.6452 / 2°38'42"W

OS Eastings: 355025

OS Northings: 145949

OS Grid: ST550459

Mapcode National: GBR MN.3X8W

Mapcode Global: VH89S.3TFK

Plus Code: 9C3V6963+9W

Entry Name: Old Deanery Court with Link Wall Along East Side

Listing Date: 12 November 1953

Last Amended: 31 May 2000

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1382907

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483310

Location: Wells, Mendip, Somerset, BA5

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

Civil Parish: Wells

Built-Up Area: Wells

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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662-1/7/39 (North side)
12/11/53 Old Deanery Court, with link wall
along east side
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)
The Old Deanery)
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)
The Deanery Wall)


Former house, now offices. C15, refenestrated in C16 and
altered in mid C20. Random stone rubble with ashlar dressings,
mostly Welsh slate roof between coped gables. A single-depth
first-floor hall plan, with through passage to the left, and
with lateral fireplace to rear of upper hall.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, 6 bays irregular fenestration. A C20
3-light window to lower bay 1, 2-light chamfer mullioned
windows to ground floor bays 2, 4, 5 and 6, and to first floor
to right of bay 2; between bays and 5, and to bay 6, are
2-light transomd windows, the upper lights pointed-arched,
under square labels; bay 3 has a moulded 4-centre arch,
reused, set in a former throughway under a timber lintel:
battlemented parapet masking roof to bays 1, 2 and 3, vertical
straight joint between bays 1 and 2. This thought to be a
separate house originally (Pevsner).
INTERIOR: the ground floor has probably early C16 moulded
beams, probably in compartments in the original layout. At the
E end a stone 4-centred doorway opens to the rear. The upper
hall, now subdivided, has a roof in 5 bays with heavy
arch-braced collars, chamfered purlins and wind-bracing, but
with an upper cruck in the end bay, adjacent to the
full-height wall inserted at the through-passage. The third
bay at the back has a stone fire surround.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: extending from the south-east corner is a
lower battlemented rubble wall, with a central 4-centre-arched
gateway, linking into the gateway (qv) on the south side of
the courtyard. Part of a major building complex long
associated with the Cathedral and its administration.
Link Wall along east side was listed on 130972.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and
Bristol: London: 1958-: 317).

Listing NGR: ST5502245946

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