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56, High Street

A Grade II Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2085 / 51°12'30"N

Longitude: -2.6482 / 2°38'53"W

OS Eastings: 354814

OS Northings: 145673

OS Grid: ST548456

Mapcode National: GBR MN.42X5

Mapcode Global: VH89S.1WVG

Plus Code: 9C3V6952+9P

Entry Name: 56, High Street

Listing Date: 13 September 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1382989

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483406

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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662-1/7/126 (North side)
13/09/72 No.56


House with shop. Probably C16, C17, and C18 facade.
Timber-frame, rendered and colourwashed, clay pantiled gabled
roof, ridge at right angles to road. A narrow frontage 2-room
plan with low ceilings, with later store to the rear.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, 2 bays. Simple ground floor shop front
with central doorway under jetty, the slim fascia masking the
joist-ends. First floor has two 12-pane sash windows, and
second floor one set centrally, with timber architraves to
sash boxes, highly ornamental bargeboards probably of C19.
INTERIOR: shop rather altered, but original stair with winders
in a centrally located position. At rear is lofty store, a
former bakehouse, with kingpost trusses, and a straight stair
returning to the early range.
The first floor has C19 partitioning, wide elm floorboards,
and C17 chamfered crossbeams with run-out stops; the front
room has a thin C17 or C18 door on early L-hinges.
The upper stair, to the right rear, is C19, with stick
balustrade and turned newels, and the second floor has C19
partitions. The front wall has timber-framework partly
exposed, and, remains of substantial timber-framing, including
one heavy tie-beam, partly exposed in both party walls. The
rear room has a 3-light casement with leading and early glass.
The 3-bay roof frame has cambered collar trusses, some curved
and chamfered windbraces and chamfered butt purlins; the rear
truss is set slightly forward from the stack. Many of the
rafters are early.
An unprepossessing frontage to one of the more interesting
historical survivals in this street; the upper storeys unused
at the time of survey.

Listing NGR: ST5481445673

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