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3, Market Place

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2094 / 51°12'33"N

Longitude: -2.6457 / 2°38'44"W

OS Eastings: 354994

OS Northings: 145780

OS Grid: ST549457

Mapcode National: GBR MN.43JV

Mapcode Global: VH89S.3V6Q

Plus Code: 9C3V6953+QP

Entry Name: 3, Market Place

Listing Date: 12 November 1953

Last Amended: 31 May 2000

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383006

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483424

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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662-1/7/143 (North side)
12/11/53 No.3
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)
Nos.3-25 (Odd))


Also known as: No.5A CATHEDRAL GREEN.
House with shop. c1453, built as part of the "New Works" by
Bishop Bekynton, modified C19 and C20. Rendered with false
ashlar joints scribed on, and colourwashed, Welsh slate roof
with coped gable to left, continuation to right behind
parapet, brick chimney stack.
PLAN: main range with single large room to front, entrance and
through passage to right, straight staircase inserted in C19;
long wing to right, overlooking small internal courtyard, and
return range across rear facing Cathedral Green, but partly
concealed by No.12 Sadler St (qv).
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, single wide bay. Ground floor has
projecting shop front of mid C20, with panelled ashlar stall
risers, simple hardwood windows with toplights, single central
glazed door in recess, continuous fascia, with return on west
side, with small top moulding and lead flat roof, on right in
second recess a 6-panel door set in semicircular arch with
decorative cast-iron fanlight, with architrave round. Upper
floors have wide shallow angled bay window to full height of
parapet, with exposed sash boxes to careful replacement
windows, of 8+16+8 panes to first floor and 4+8+4 panes to
second floor; cornice mouldings over each window. On left,
traces of a corner buttress, and below the parapet traces of
the original medieval string course, masked by rendering. Lead
rainwater stackheads and downpipes to each side. Small brick
stack to left gable.
The rear has a gable in rubble to a high-pitched roof with
double Roman tiles, partly concealed by the adjacent property.
This has a wide paired early C18 12-pane sash set in a moulded
stone surround with drip-course, but less deep than the later
insertion, below this a plain door.
INTERIOR: the ground floor features are all concealed by C20
fittings and finishes. The staircase is enclosed by
part-glazed C20 screens to the first floor, which has one
large room with a 2-compartment ceiling with moulded beams,
and, to the right, 2 small openings with chamfered surrounds
and 4-centred heads, leading to the narrow wing, which has, in
the courtyard wall, a 2-light casement with stone mullion and
deep splays. On the party wall at plate height is a large
section of beam with chamfers and stops on 3 moulded wood
brackets. The upper floor and roof not inspected.
HISTORICAL NOTE: part of an outstanding late medieval planned
urban group.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol:
London: 1958-: 328).

Listing NGR: ST5499245781

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