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Red Lion Hotel, Colchester

Description: Red Lion Hotel

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 February 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 116994

OS Grid Reference: TL9967325205
OS Grid Coordinates: 599673, 225205
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8896, 0.9002

Location: 38 High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DH

Locality: Colchester
Local Authority: Colchester Borough Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO1 1DH

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Listing Text

995 (South Side)
Nos 42 to 44 (consec)
TL 9925 SE 5/94 (Red Lion Hotel)

An important and richly ornamented example of late C15 and early C16 work.
The original house was built circa 1470 and the remains of the hall
and screens can be seen in the ground floor dining room. Circa 1500
the house was turned into an inn and the main block on to the street
front was built, with a carriage entrance in the centre. This
block is of 3 storeys, the upper storeys and the eaves project and
the tiled roof has 4 C18 hipped gables. The 1st floor has been underbuilt
and there is a modern shop window at the west end of the ground floor.
The 1st floor is divided into bays by 8 shafts carrying the brackets to
support the projecting storey above and with carved capitals and
moulded bases; all the windows in this storey are C18-C19 sashes
(range of 4) but there are 2 blocked original window openings; covering
the wall face of this storey are 35 traceried panels. The upper storey
or 2nd floor has similar traceried panels between the stud work - 19 in
all - and similar shafts dividing the bays, and there is a moulded
bressumer to the eaves supported by curved brackets, some of them carved.
The carriage entrance to the courtyard has an archway with moulded posts,
4 centres arch in square head and carved spandrels, finely moulded roof
timbers. In the courtyard the wing on the west side has an upper storey
projecting with a fine moulded bressumer on curved brackets with shafts;
the east side has largely C18 and C19 features. There is a rain water head
dated 1716. Many original interior features, especially fine moulded
ceiling beams throughout the early C16 building, and a number of original
windows. The late C15 Part of the building has carved timber work.
There are cellars of circa 1400.

Listing NGR: TL9967325205

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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