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Description: The Post Office and the Beehive
Date Listed: 21 October 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 133345
OS Grid Reference: SO8666709768
OS Grid Coordinates: 386667, 209768
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7864, -2.1947
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PAINSWICK NEW STREET
SO 8609-8709 (Part)
(north west side)
The Post Office and the
Two houses and Post Office, in row; possibly at some time three dwellings. C16
base with later modifications. A complex layout in which The Beehive appears to
be an L-plan interlocked with the Post Office. Beehive is built independently
from and at a slight angle to the adjoining property to the left; squared lime-
stone rubble with stone slate roof, one storey and attic, cut down front gable
has 2-light chamfered mullion casement over a 3-light casement and a panelled
and glazed door, then, set back, a small single light with leading in a gablet
over C20 door. The Post Office has a heavily timbered gable to right with a
returned gable cutting into the left, stone slate roof two storeys, 2-windowed:
at ground floor, under a continuous stone-slated pentice roof a part-glazed door
flanked by 10-pane and 19-pane shop windows, and at first floor a 2-light case-
ment with leading and a 3-light steel casement. The timber framing returns to
the right flank of the building. Interior of Beehive not inspected, but Post
Office contains a 4-compartment ceiling to very heavy chamfered beams at ground
floor, a large single stone 4-centred flat arched fireplace with rosettes; at
first floor plastered ceiling including fleur-de-lys, two pairs of crucks, and
reported smoke blackening of some roof timbers, suggesting an open hall
construction as part of the main timbered wing to the right. At back, behind
the Post Office, room includes a 2-light chamfered mullion casement, and stain
flanking fireplace. An unusually rich interest in a part of the town where much
seems to have been rebuilt in the C18 and C19.
Listing NGR: SO8666709767
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