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Description: The Old Bell Public House
Date Listed: 28 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 312959
OS Grid Reference: ST8754145032
OS Grid Coordinates: 387541, 145032
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2044, -2.1797
WARMINSTER MARKET PLACE
No 42 (The Old Bell
Public House). (Formerly
listed as Nos 12 and 13)
ST 8745 SE 7/7 28.4.52.
Mid to late C18 front to older building (a 'Bell' hostelry mentioned in 1483;
some C16 timber work retained in much modernised interior). 3 storeys, painted
coursed rubble on Doric arcade at ground floor level (across pavement) of
6 arches, 2 to right of centre depressed. Cornices carried on rectangular
piers. Plain string above and below 1st floor windows. Small moulded cornice,
plain parapet and hipped old tile roof. 3 ranges of windows to upper floor
with plain stone surrounds and small keystones, wide glazing bar sashes.
Irregular modern, mullion and transom type, windows on ground floor. Upper
floor to west partly tile hung. Roughly triangular stable yard at rear reached
from No 44.
To rear: 2 storey stable yard of coursed and squared rubble behind Nos 42
to 46 and Old Bell; brick dressings and old tile roof; long series of 1 1/2
and 2 storey extensions from rear of No 48 with narrow alleyway separating
them from those of No 46, tiled roofs in 7 diminishing stages. No 50 has
similar elevation treatment as front. Upper floor to rear of No 54 tile
hung, above 2 1/2 storey gabled extension of brick with stone quoins, 2 dormers,
2 large and one small window on 1st floor with remains of moulded surrounds
and an arched opening on ground floor to right. Links with 2 1/2 storey extension
to rear of No 52. Fine staircase at rear of No 48 (inside) with turned balusters
and ramped rail and dado, and a panelled room at rear of present restaurant.
The Old Bell remains the best example of the old inns at Warminster.
Listing NGR: ST8754145032
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Source: English Heritage
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