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Wells Cathedral Junior School

A Grade II Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2121 / 51°12'43"N

Longitude: -2.6462 / 2°38'46"W

OS Eastings: 354960

OS Northings: 146076

OS Grid: ST549460

Mapcode National: GBR MN.3WZF

Mapcode Global: VH89S.2SXN

Plus Code: 9C3V6963+RG

Entry Name: Wells Cathedral Junior School

Listing Date: 12 November 1953

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383042

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483460

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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662-1/6/178 (East side)
12/11/53 No.10
Wells Cathedral Junior School


Wide frontage house in row. c1899, but on site of earlier
buildings. Rendered with lining, ashlar dressings, Welsh slate
roof between coped gables, rendered brick chimney stacks.
PLAN: symmetrical double-depth plan with large front entrance
hall and lateral rear staircase.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with attics, 5 bays. Plinth, cornice,
plain parapet, bays 1 and 2 recessed slightly. Sash windows of
12 panes with exposed boxes in plain openings, part-glazed
6-panel door to lower bay 3, with painted ashlar surround of
Doric pilasters, entablature and pediment. Slightly set back
left of bay 1 a second door, early C18 6-panelled (2 glazed)
in plain opening. 4 flat-roofed dormer windows behind parapet.
INTERIOR: all the detailing is consistent with a late C18 or
early C19 date. The large elliptical panelled entrance hall
opens left to a salon with guilloche frieze and egg-and-dart
cornice, with central ceiling rosette, and to the right a
similar room, with a cupboard in Gothick style; here as
elsewhere in the house are doorcases and other trim with
reeded surrounds to square blocking-pieces. The rear room to
the left, the former kitchen, has a large brick fireplace with
bread oven, and a large 20-pane sash window, also an early
3-plank ledged door.
The straight-flight stair has decorative scrolled wrought-iron
balustrade and a wreathed handrail. The first-floor rooms have
similar detailing to those below, and that to the left has a
white marble fireplace; a rear large sitting room has an
imported fire surround, with glazed tiles.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the site was developed early, since at least
1268, the house known to be ruinous and rebuilt in 1433/34.
There is no overt evidence for earlier buildings.
(Town and Country Planning Working Papers: Scrase AJ: Wells: A
Study of Town Origins: Bristol: 1982-: 63).

Listing NGR: ST5496046076

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