Description: Sponne House
Date Listed: 1 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 235215
OS Grid Reference: SP6928448688
OS Grid Coordinates: 469284, 248688
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1322, -0.9892
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TOWCESTER WATLING STREET WEST
13/193 No.187 (Sponne House)
01/12/51 (Formerly listed as No.187
(The Talbot Hotel))
Bank and shops, formerly inn. Mid C18, altered C20, with earlier origins. Red
brick in Flemish bond, slate roof, brick ridge stack. L-plan. 2 storeys and
attic; 5-window range. Central carriage arch with depressed-arched- ead and
imposts. C20 canted bay window to right, C20 door to left with panelled reveals,
reeded pilasters and cornice/hood. 12-pane sash window to far left with moulded
stone sill, gauged brick lintel and keyblock. Similar windows to first floor
except for central Venetian window with open pediment. Moulded stone eaves. Wing
to rear right with many C20 alterations. Optician's shop in this wing has large
open fireplace with cambered ogee-stop-chamfered bressumer inscribed TO 1707 GS
with a central carving of a talbot dog. Until 1960 the Talbot Hotel. Before 1643
known as the Tabard, at least as early as 1440, when purchased by Archdeacon
Sponne (q.v. Church of St. Lawrence) as part of the endowments of his charity.
Remained in the ownership of Sponne charity until 1895.
(A Towcester Trail (leaflet) 1983; Guide to Towcester Parish Church 1984).
Listing NGR: SP6928448688
Source: English Heritage
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