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The Star Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2092 / 51°12'33"N

Longitude: -2.6467 / 2°38'47"W

OS Eastings: 354923

OS Northings: 145755

OS Grid: ST549457

Mapcode National: GBR MN.4398

Mapcode Global: VH89S.2VNW

Plus Code: 9C3V6953+M8

Entry Name: The Star Hotel

Listing Date: 12 November 1953

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1382959

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483362

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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662-1/7/90 (North side)
12/11/53 No.14
The Star Hotel


Hotel. C16 and C17 with late C18 front. Rendered and
colourwashed, pantile roofs, brick stacks.
PLAN: the layout has been much modified over a long period,
and is difficult to read. The main front range has 3
full-height plain gables to the rear, and a central wide
carriageway through the ground floor, to a long narrow
courtyard with long wings to either side. That to the right
(E) is in 3 stepped gabled sections, one of these with a
steep-pitched roof. There is no major staircase, but a dog-leg
in the left half, and a second stair in the right.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, 4 wide bays. Plinth, side pilasters,
cornice, shallow parapet, ground floor has composite sash
windows of 4+12+4 panes to bays 1, 3 and 4, and a throughway
to bay 2, having a wide elliptical arch over which is set a
cantilevered hood of considerable projection, of timber with
lead cladding and a wrought-iron balcony with underbrackets,
older pattern lanterns mounted on either side of archway. To
upper floors are sash windows with exposed sash boxes to all
bays, large in scale with square panes, 12 to first-floor
units and 9 to second floor, between the two sets of windows a
long rendered panel with bold raised sans-serif capitals
inscribed "Star Hotel"; simple projecting hanging sign at
first floor level between bays 2 and 3.
The wing to the left has, facing the courtyard, various
lights, including a triple 12-pane sash with wide mullion
boxes, a paired 12-pane horizontal sliding sash, and 2
modified horizontal sashes at first floor. Opposite, in the
right wings, is a 16-pane, and a paired 9-pane sash with small
panes and some early glass.
INTERIOR: the front left reception area has three C16 moulded
beams and a C20 brick fireplace; behind is an C18 or early C19
dog-leg stair with turned newels, and stick balustrade
returned across the landing. At the rear a low-ceiled lounge
has C20 panelling, and 3 C17 chamfered and stopped beams;
below this section is a cellar with a series of brick and
stone rectangular piers carrying a broad central beam. Front
right, ground floor has 2 deep chamfered lateral beams, with
later props. The rear wing includes a large 16-pane sash to
the staircase, and over room 20 the roof includes wind-bracing
and original purlins.
The courtyard is paved in large lias setts, many of them with
a high polish from continued use. A major coaching inn which
has been continuously up-dated to maintain a position in the
changing hotel trade in the city.

Listing NGR: ST5492345755

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