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25, Market Place

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2098 / 51°12'35"N

Longitude: -2.6448 / 2°38'41"W

OS Eastings: 355051

OS Northings: 145816

OS Grid: ST550458

Mapcode National: GBR MN.43R9

Mapcode Global: VH89S.3VMG

Plus Code: 9C3V6954+W3

Entry Name: 25, Market Place

Listing Date: 12 November 1953

Last Amended: 31 May 2000

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383023

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483441

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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662-1/7/161 (North side)
12/11/53 No.25
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)
Nos.3-25 (Odd))


House with shop, now offices. c1453, built as part of the "New
Works" by Bishop Bekynton, modified in C18. Doulting ashlar
stonework with rendered and lined parapet, Welsh slate roof,
brick chimney stack.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, single wide bay. plinth, trace of string
moulding over door (on rake) and also below parapet, pierced
by second-floor windows. Shallow canted bay window through
full height, the ground and first floors incorporating
12+12+12 pane sashes, and the second floor 6+6+6 pane units.
Doorway to left, up three steps, with 6-panel door in deep
recess and a 3-pane rectangular fanlight over, set under
simple timber hood on 4 cantilevered brackets.
At second floor level, against the boundary of No.23 (qv) a
fragment of a small cinquefoil-cusped pointed arched blocked
window. On the right of the bay, the parapet is brought
forward on a corbel to an angled return with Penniless Porch
(qv ) which it adjoins. Stack to right on coped gable.
INTERIOR: ground floor has early beams with deep chamfer and
C18 timber cornice, the centre section having a coved ceiling
of the early C19; rear rooms have C18 cornices. Early C19
staircase to first floor, with late C18 doors, and corniced
ceilings to rear rooms; front room has panelled ceiling and
early C17 panelling, with safe cupboard. Second floor has C18
doors and doorcases, with some ceiling cornices, and plaster
vaulting above the stair well.
HISTORICAL NOTE: this is the only one of the whole of
Bekynton's 'Nova Opera' terrace to have retained the ashlar
front wall unplastered, with a fragment of original window.
Part of an outstanding late medieval planned urban group.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol:
London: 1958-: 328).

Listing NGR: ST5505145816

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