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Former Skittle Alley, the Old Inn

A Grade II Listed Building in Upper Minety, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.618 / 51°37'4"N

Longitude: -1.9895 / 1°59'22"W

OS Eastings: 400822

OS Northings: 191015

OS Grid: SU008910

Mapcode National: GBR 2QR.FTX

Mapcode Global: VHB33.GLLJ

Entry Name: Former Skittle Alley, the Old Inn

Listing Date: 5 January 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393072

English Heritage Legacy ID: 505632

Location: Minety, Wiltshire, SN16

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Minety

Built-Up Area: Upper Minety

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Minety

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Listing Text

MINETY

1360/0/10024 Former Skittle Alley, The Old Inn
05-JAN-09

GV II
Cottage with barn in-line built in mid-C17, converted to stables in late-C18 and adapted into skittle alley in mid-C20. Coursed rubble, gabled building with roughly dressed quoins and a pitched stone roof carried on substantial upper cruck trusses with staggered trench purlins. The N elevation includes two blocked windows; a doorway inserted in the mid C20; an original part blocked doorway converted into a window; a hayloft doorway extending above the eaves and further window. The W gable has two windows, one of which may have originally been a doorway. The S elevation has two modern openings (a doorway and window) with timber lintels and a single window with voussoired stone head. Timber framing is visible in the upper part of the wall and stonework above this indicates raising of the roof-line. The E gable has four tiers of pigeon holes in the apex, with blocked window below (now obscured by the modern extension) and slightly off-centre door with substantial stone lintel and three cut off, but protruding, original floor beams.

Interior: The ground floor is divided into six bays by chamfered oak beams with run-out stops typical of the mid-C17, with the exception of the second one from the E which is of pre-cast concrete. Most of the attached joists are original, although some particularly towards the E end have been replaced and one has been cut to create an access hole. The floor is of concrete. Other features include a niche in the NE corner indicating the position of the original staircase; recesses in the upper part of the wall and early truncated beams indicating that the roof has been raised; a series of four rectangular recesses in the S wall and a small recess in the N wall. Access to the first floor is via a modern flight of stairs. The roof is framed in five bays with a double width bay between the two E trusses and is supported by four upper cruck trusses with staggered trenched purlins. The E pair of trusses have halved and pegged heads. The W truss has had its head reinforced by a pair of ties and vertical post whilst the remaining one has had its head removed and a flat reinforcement bar inserted. The secondary rafters are all modern. Other features of interest include a blocked window at eaves height adjacent to the original stairwell, two other small windows also projecting into the eaves and a hayloft door inserted into the roof.

Sources: Martin Robertson, "The Skittle Alley - The Old Inn, Minety, Wiltshire" Unpublished report (May 2007)

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
The former skittle alley at The Old Inn, Minety is designated at grade II for the following principal reasons:

* It retains a significant proportion of its C17 fabric including all the upper cruck trusses and purlins
* Its development is legible and it retains features of both C17 and C18
* Its has group value with the Old Inn (listed at Grade II)
* Compares favourably with similar designated buildings of this period


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

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