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Description: The Guggle
Date Listed: 23 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 130572
OS Grid Reference: SP1113314786
OS Grid Coordinates: 411133, 214786
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8316, -1.8398
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NORTHLEACH WITH WEST END
EASTINGTON (north side)
Former Horse and Groom pub (including room known as 'The Guggle')
now house in row. Mid C17. Coursed squared and dressed limestone.
Facade raised in height in brick above upper floor windows. Slate
roof to house, stone slate roof to 'The Guggle' left. Rectangular
plan to the house with 'The Guggle' set back left. House; 2-
storey, 2-windowed facade lit by 2 and 3-light wood casements.
Part-glazed C20 front door right. 'The Guggle' left; single
storey with plank door to passage right, single light with
horizontal glazing bars.
Interior of house part; spine beam, stone fire surround probably
formerly with keystone (now removed). Doorway right of fireplace
opens onto stone spiral staircase down to cellar with stone barrel
vault. Semi-circular stone trough set in wall above floor level.
Blocked window at rear. Former barrel shute (now blocked) below
front wall of house. Cupboard under window in same room dated and
initialled 'W.W. 1777'. Interior of the 'The Guggle' comprises a
small room c2m square. Small C19 firegrate in wall opposite
doorway from passage. Faded painting over fireplace with
inscription 'MEET FRIENDLY/DRINK HEARTILY/PAY HONESTLY/PART
QUIETLY', picture of a horse held by a groom above. The horse is
said to be Coronation, a famous racehorse bred near Northleach.
Below the inscriptions is another painting in which three men
dressed in the fashion of the early C19 are playing a game of
cards. The inscription and paintings lie within a cinquefoil-
headed stone surround. Two small round-headed niches either side.
Large cinquefoil-headed niche in wall right of fireplace, two
smaller cinquefoil-headed niches either side. Two small pointed-
headed niches either side of the door. Blind 2-light cinquefoil-
headed panels low down either side of door. Small square niches
set in each corner of the room immediately below domed dressed
limestone ceiling with blind quatrefoil at centre at top. Red tile
floor. Possibly once house of a mason, 'The Guggle' being intended
to demonstrate the mason's skills. Entrance to 2 underground
passages reputed to be in the garden (now sealed off) are probably
the remains of galleries used for stone working.
(Trans. B.G.A.S., 1907, Vol XXX, p3-12; and Northleach: A
Medieval Town, W.C. Fallows, 1981)
Listing NGR: SP1113314786
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Source: English Heritage
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