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Description: The Market House
Date Listed: 6 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 160801
OS Grid Reference: TL4837614834
OS Grid Coordinates: 548376, 214834
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8124, 0.1510
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(The Market House)
TL 4837 1483:3/57 6.6.52
C16. Timberframe plastered under gabled steep old red tile roof. Large,
2 storeys and attic, jettied house with jettied crosswing on N with gable
to street. Jetty continues round S corner into Bell Street, with carved
corner post supporting dragon beam. Smaller brackets to each end of
moulded bressimer to crosswing and to middle of hall range. 3 unit plan
with evidence for buttery and pantry at S end, 2 bay hall and 2½ bay
parlour wing across N end of hall, shorter at W,probably for stair. Large
stack built in lower end of hall backing onto cross passage. Evidence of
large window to front in upper bay of hall. External lateral stack on N
end serving parlour and solar. WEA report smoke blackening in roof over
hall and service end and suggest upper bay of hall formerly open to roof
(WEA I (1966) 21-3). S front has hipped dormer with 2 light,early C18
casement with rectangular leaded glazing. Dripboard across N gable with
C19 mullioned and transomed window under. Narrow lights with leaded
glazing generally; plaster cove to eaves and smaller coved cornice under
jetty breaking forward over windows now removed. Varied mullioned
windows to 1st floor and one on Gd floor near S end. Mullioned and
transomed windows to hall and parlour on Gd floor. C19 door with heavy
frame now enters lobby beside chimney. Low projecting plinth. S gable
to Bell Street has dripboard across gable at eaves level, 6 light
mullioned window central to 1st floor and similar window near corner on
Gd floor. Large lateral stack at rear at service end does not appear in
drawing by J C Buckler of 1834. This shows a long,2 storey, range along
Bell Street,part weatherboarded and part plastered or brick with an
octagonal kiln roof rising from a corbelled base in the centre. This
range survives as part of the house with steep old tile roofs, slated
eaves to most westerly part, C19 mullioned windows and chimneys with
heavy coupled diagonal shafts. The kiln has been replaced by a higher
plastered section gabled to the street with wide overhanging verges. WEA
suggest that this house cannot have been the original market house.
The 3 storey weatherboarded building with projecting sack hoist beyond the
W end of the Bell Street frontage was formerly part of the curtilage, but
was rebuilt in facsimile in 1980-1. A most important medieval house
and the key building in the character of the town centre.
Listing NGR: TL4837614834
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Source: English Heritage
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