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Fountain Inn

A Grade II Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2115 / 51°12'41"N

Longitude: -2.6416 / 2°38'29"W

OS Eastings: 355277

OS Northings: 146011

OS Grid: ST552460

Mapcode National: GBR MN.3Y9Z

Mapcode Global: VH89S.5TB3

Entry Name: Fountain Inn

Listing Date: 13 September 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383127

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483545

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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Listing Text


WELLS

ST5446 ST THOMAS STREET
662-1/6/267 (North side)
13/09/72 No.1
Fountain Inn

GV II

Inn, at end of short row. Some C17 work, but substantial
rebuilding late C18 or early C19, and after fire in mid C20.
Rendered and colourwashed rubble, roof flat, behind parapet,
brick chimney stack.
PLAN: a mainly rebuilt front range, but with low ceiling
height to the ground floor, returns, left, to a long narrow
wing (approx 3m span internally).
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, 3 bays. Plinth, string course under
first-floor window cills, heavy cornice, plain parapet with
moulded coping. Plain casement windows to ground floor, set in
simple segmental-arched openings, with 3 toplights each, left
of bay 1, in a wider arch, is incorporated a 6-panel door with
fanlight, in centre bay a pair of 3-panel doors in a
segmental-arched opening. First and second floors have sash
windows in plain openings, 12-pane to first and 9-pane to
second, with mid C20 louvred shutters to each window.
The gable end to the rear wing has a former 12-pane sash,
modified to 6-pane, otherwise mid C20 fenestration. Painted
signboard between first and second floors, and hanging sign
with wrought-iron bracket to right at first floor level.
INTERIOR: the front range retains little of special interest;
the first-floor room runs the full width of the frontage. The
rear wing is raised on 3 steps, and separated from the front
by a transverse timber staircase, with carpenter's turned
balusters and a twisted newel post, all painted. The
low-ceilinged rear room has two late C17 chamfered and stopped
beams, carried by very thick outer walls, and near the rear of
the room is a beam made from a re-used member, formerly top
rail to of a framed partition, with double ovolo-mould to one
edge, but turned flat, with the tenons set horizontally.
The inn is strategically placed at the junction of old roads
from Bath and from Shepton Mallet.

Listing NGR: ST5527746011

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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