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Latitude: 51.2095 / 51°12'34"N
Longitude: -2.6456 / 2°38'44"W
OS Eastings: 354999
OS Northings: 145784
OS Grid: ST549457
Mapcode National: GBR MN.43JV
Mapcode Global: VH89S.3V7P
Entry Name: 5, Market Place
Listing Date: 12 November 1953
Last Amended: 31 May 2000
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1383008
English Heritage Legacy ID: 483426
Location: Wells, Mendip, Somerset, BA5
Civil Parish: Wells
Built-Up Area: Wells
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
ST5445 MARKET PLACE
662-1/7/145 (North side)
(Formerly Listed as:
House with shop, now offices. c1453, built as part of the "New
Works" by Bishop Bekynton, modified C19. Rendered and
colourwashed, Welsh slate roof behind parapet, and brick
PLAN: property extends back to become No.5, Cathedral Green at
the N end.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attic, single wide bay. Ground floor
has projecting shop front of late C19 style, having painted
panelled ashlar stall riser, 12-large-pane display window
flanked by slim fluted pilasters, under slim fascia with shop
blind, 6-panel door to left with plain rectangular fanlight,
all under a felted flat roof. Upper floors have a wide
shallow-angled bay window to full height of parapet,
incorporating sash windows with exposed boxes of 8+16+8 panes
to first floor and 9+15+9 panes to second floor, cornice
mouldings over each window. Traces of the original medieval
string course under the rendering at second floor level.
Behind parapet a small flat-roofed dormer and a second,
slightly higher, to the right, with a louvred window; small
stack to the right, on raised coped verge.
The N elevation, to Cathedral Green, is in rubble, with double
Roman tile steep pitched roof, set with coped gable to the
Green. 3 storeys and attic; a small square light in the gable
above a large 4-pane sash, but with evidence for a former wide
casement. At first floor are two 4-pane sash to concrete
lintels, and at ground floor a 4-panel door under plain
transom-light and in a Tuscan pilaster surround, and a 2-light
casement. The right eaves has a brick stack on a coped gablet.
INTERIOR: ground floor has C20 partitions, but 4 bays of
ceiling with moulded beams survive. Stone newel staircase to
first floor, with 2-bay ceilings with moulded beams to front,
and C19 fireplace. Second floor has suspended ceiling below
the mediaeval roof structure, doors of late C18, and a large
18-pane sash with thick glazing bars to the stairwell.
Part of an outstanding late medieval planned group.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and
Bristol: London: 1958-: 328).
Listing NGR: ST5499745785
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