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23, Market Place

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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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

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383022

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483440

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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662-1/7/160 (North side)
12/11/53 No.23
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)
Nos.3-25 (Odd))


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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