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The Saracens Head Hotel, Towcester

Description: The Saracens Head Hotel

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 235222

OS Grid Reference: SP6919648805
OS Grid Coordinates: 469196, 248805
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1332, -0.9905

Location: A5, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 6BX

Locality: Towcester
Local Authority: South Northamptonshire District Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN12 6BX

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Listing Text

13/200 No.219 (The Saracens Head
01/12/51 Hotel)

- II

Hotel and public house, formerly coaching inn. Early C18 with older origins.
Coursed squared ironstone, plain-tile roofs, brick ridge stacks. 2 storeys and
attic; 7-window range. Central carriage arch with timber lintel and double-leaf
panelled doors, that to left with wicket. 15-pane sash windows to left of arch
and to right, with stone lintels and keyblocks. Canted bay window between
windows to ground floor left, otherwise 12-pane sash windows to ground and first
floors with stone lintels and keyblocks except for round-arched window above
arch flanked by niches holding fine lead statuettes of Venus (left ) and Apollo
with harp (right), reputed to have come from Easton Neston. Chamfered plinth,
storey band and moulded stone eaves. Hipped roof dormers with diamond leaded
windows. Single-storey extension to right, probably added as an assembly room.
Interior: barrel-vaulted plaster ceiling to dining room. Recommended by Sam
Weller in Pickwick Papers as a place where a 'very good little dinner' could be
got ready in half an hour.
(Charles Dickens, 'Pickwick Papers', 1837, Chapter 50, p.544).

Listing NGR: SP6919648805

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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