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Old Ship Hotel, Mere

Description: Old Ship Hotel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 6 January 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 320142

OS Grid Reference: ST8121932404
OS Grid Coordinates: 381219, 132404
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0906, -2.2695

Location: B3095, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6JE

Locality: Mere
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA12 6JE

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Listing Text

(north side)

6/13 Old Ship Hotel (formerly
6.1.65 listed as The Ship Inn,
Free House)


House, now hotel. 1711 by Henry Andrews of Woodlands (q.v.), replacing earlier
house of C17; some later refenestration and extension. Coursed squared
limestone, flush ashlar quoins and dressings; back mainly in rubble, some
rendering. roof stone slate to front slope, mainly plain tile to back but with
5 courses stone slate at eaves; wing has concrete double roman tiles. A
handsome wide frontage at street line with wide central carriage way; to right
the principal rooms and main staircase, and deep wing projecting back from this
side. Two storeys and attics, 7 bay symmetrical front; at ground floor are
three 24-pane, sashes, then, right of throughway a 24-pane sash, an 8-pane above
a disused door with 25-pane top glazed part and a C20 horizontal 15-light.
First floor has 7 two-light stone cyma mullioned casements with transome and
small-scale leading; numbers 3-6 seem to be careful replacements of originals;
there are 5 roof-lights in the plane of the roof. Centrally is a wide through-
way with chamfered arch to imposts and pilasters beneath a cyma-moulded string
the full width of the front, above the sashes and raised over the arch;
chamfered plinth dies to rise in pavement left; two-course stepped stone eaves
cornice; two large brick stacks to hipped roof. Back has varied fenestration,
including one wood cross-window with some leading. Inside the throughway, left
and right are 6-panel doors in eaves moulded architraves and to broken segmental
pediments with central base formerly supporting finials. A further panelled
door on right side, and a 2-light Yorkshire sash and 3-light glazing bar
casements. Interior has in right half, grand dog-leg stair through 2 floors,
with heavy handrail, square newels and turned balusters. Ground floor front,
right has a fireplace with heavy bolection mould surround and under Jacobean
panelling; behind this, in bar, an early C18 bolection mould fire surround under
heavy Jacobean overmantel to C20 mantel shelf; central painting of Charles II
Some upper rooms with enriched plaster cornices. The external wrought iron sign
probably by Kingston Avery in mid C18 is large and of great elaboration.
Formerly on main London to West Country route (old A303) now by-passed.

Listing NGR: ST8121932404

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Source: English Heritage

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