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Paulet House (Formerly Known As Church Close), Goathurst

Description: Paulet House (Formerly Known As Church Close)

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 March 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 269297

OS Grid Reference: ST2567434376
OS Grid Coordinates: 325674, 134376
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1039, -3.0630

Location: Goathurst, Somerset TA5 2DH

Locality: Goathurst
Local Authority: Sedgemoor District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA5 2DH

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Listing Text


29-MAR-63 CLOSE]

(Formerly listed as:



1873/7/37 PAULET HOUSE [formerly known as CHURCH
29-MAR-63 CLOSE]

(Formerly listed as:
Dower House and Church Close)


House, formerly rectory. Circa early C15; altered C17 and C18; remodelled and extended circa 1871. Stuccoed stone with rusticated quoins. Slate gable-ended and hipped roofs with cresting to ridges. Brick stacks with cornices.
PLAN: Hall of the Medieval house remains at right [N] end, still open, but its roof concealed by C17 plaster ceiling; cross-passage on left. In about 1871 the house was remodelled, the cross-passage was retained as main entrance, leading to a large stairhall added at the back and a drawing room was built behind the hall; the stairhall and drawing room replace an earlier range at the rear. The lower left [S] end of the house was rebuilt in the mid-late C19 as the service end of the Victorian house and is now a separate house, separately listed as Dower House.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. East front with single-storey hall on right with steeply-pitched gable-ended roof, two large sashes with margin glazing bars and Roman Doric portico to C18 panelled and glazed pointed arch door with thick ogee glazing bars; 2 storeys on left, end bay of adjoining Dower House [qv]. Rear [W] 2 storeys, asymmetrical 2:1:2 bays, projecting with hipped roof on left and gabled on right with rusticated quoins, bands, cambered head sash windows with margin glazing bars and canted bay window on right; centre recessed, with large stone stair window with three round-headed lights, transom and with cornice above.
INTERIOR: Cross-passage leads to Victorian arcaded hall with tiled floor and open-well staircase with wreathed handrail and twisted balusters; Victorian drawing room with moulded plaster ceiling and marble chimneypiece. Medieval hall has C17 barrel vaulted plaster ceiling with coving, heavy moulded cornice and at either end a large moulded plaster achievement of arms to Paulet family. Above the hall ceiling a circa early C15 roof: at least four bays in length, all heavily smoke-blackened; chamfered arch-braced trusses, the principals cusped above the collars, and intermediate trusses with higher arch-braced collars; large tenoned purlins, two tiers of curved wind-braces and intact common-rafters.

Listing NGR: ST2567434374

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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