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Latitude: 51.2097 / 51°12'35"N
Longitude: -2.6449 / 2°38'41"W
OS Eastings: 355045
OS Northings: 145811
OS Grid: ST550458
Mapcode National: GBR MN.43Q7
Mapcode Global: VH89S.3VLH
Plus Code: 9C3V6954+V2
Entry Name: 23, Market Place
Listing Date: 12 November 1953
Last Amended: 31 May 2000
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1383022
English Heritage Legacy ID: 483440
Location: Wells, Mendip, Somerset, BA5
Civil Parish: Wells
Built-Up Area: Wells
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
ST5445 MARKET PLACE
662-1/7/160 (North side)
(Formerly Listed as:
House with shop. c1453, built as part of the "New Works" by
Bishop Bekynton, modified in C19. Ashlar stonework
colourwashed, Welsh slate roof behind parapet, brick chimney
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, single wide bay. Ground floor has very
fine mid C19 projecting shop front (shared with No.21 (qv))
over about two-thirds of facade, with 2-light display windows
over stall riser with ornamental cast-iron vents, with
panelled pilasters and return on right side, cast-iron window
mullions, shallow fascia and cornice with shop blind on
console brackets. Details continued on both return and
remainder of facade, where there is a glazed door with
semicircular radially glazed fanlight. Upper floors appear to
have lost the former bay windows; the first floor has a
composite sash window of 18+36+18 panes in plain reveals, the
second floor a 2-light 8-pane casement. Traces of a medieval
moulding (on a rake above the doorway, and of the medieval
string course below the parapet, pierced by second-floor
window, downpipe with hopper-head to the left. Stack on raised
and coped verge to the left.
INTERIOR: ground floor re modelled in C20, rear wall contains
chamfered stone 4-centred doorway, and in the rear section a
glass panel in the wall reveals a lower watercourse. Early C18
stair to first floor, turned balusters (but alternate
balusters removed) and capped newels, dado-rail to wall,
swept, and with wreathed foot.
First floor has variety of moulded and chamfered beams. Upper
stair is C20, and top floor has timber-framed and plastered E
party wall, and fireplace in W wall; the rear wall has a small
pointed light at the eaves. 2-bay roof with arch-braced
trusses, chamfered wind-braces and 2 chamfered purlins.
There is a cellar under the front part of the shop.
Part of an outstanding late medieval planned urban group.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol:
London: 1958-: 328).
Listing NGR: ST5504445817
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