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The Chantry The Hermitage, Frome

Description: The Chantry The Hermitage

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 22 July 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 266169

OS Grid Reference: ST7764947852
OS Grid Coordinates: 377649, 147852
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2294, -2.3215

Location: Gentle Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1JA

Locality: Frome
Local Authority: Mendip District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA11 1JA

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Listing Text

(East side)

GV Nos 2 (The Chantry)
ST 7747 NE 10/61 22.7.49 and 2A (The Hermitage)


One building, said to have been the Marquess of Bath's town house. Late C17.
Rubble walls, pantile roofs. 2½ storeys. 3 gables with glazing bar sashes in
gables. 7 windows spaced 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1, sashes in plain architraves with
beaded edges, glazing bars. Circa 1770 panelled door with cross lower panels and
cusped centre panels, bracketted pediment. Later plain doorway to right hand with
studded C17 door. Cellar door below left hand window.
Important rear elevation: 2 hipped projections, the right hand one 2 storeys, 2
windows, rendered. The left hand one is 2½ storeys with mansard roof. Segmental
headed dormer with glazing bar sash window. Below is ashlar front with 2 storey
angled bay and chamfered quoins, windows in bay are glazing bar sashes in architraves
with keys. It also has traceried fanlight to door.
Back door of No 2A has stop moulded ogee surround with to left a late C17 2-light
ogee moulded mullion window.
Interior: the 'priest's hole' is a small barrel vaulted chamber off entrance hall of
No 2 with fine panelled door behind which is an C18 segment headed kitchen fire-
place. The interior of No 2 was remodelled circa 1770 when a bay extension was
added to rear, staircase with heavy moulded handrail and carved cut string may be
earlier; it has a fine display cabinet in room to east of kitchen. Bay window
room to No 2A has mahogany doors (only one is original) and enriched ceiling
cornice. Room above has bed recess with flanking powder cupboards.
No 2A also retains part of a winder stair (up to 2nd floor from 1st floor) blocked
stair window; heavy balusters across landing.

Listing NGR: ST7764947852

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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