Description: The Saracens Head Hotel
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
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TOWCESTER WATLING STREET WEST
13/200 No.219 (The Saracens Head
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
Source: English Heritage
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