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Former Skittle Alley, the Old Inn

A Grade II Listed Building in Upper Minety, Wiltshire

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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


1360/0/10024 Former Skittle Alley, The Old Inn

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)

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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