History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Court House

A Grade II* Listed Building in South Petherton, Somerset

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.

Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9501 / 50°57'0"N

Longitude: -2.8098 / 2°48'35"W

OS Eastings: 343212

OS Northings: 117051

OS Grid: ST432170

Mapcode National: GBR MF.NHYY

Mapcode Global: FRA 560L.M5Q

Entry Name: Court House

Listing Date: 19 April 1961

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1056954

English Heritage Legacy ID: 264243

Location: South Petherton, South Somerset, Somerset, TA13

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: South Petherton

Built-Up Area: South Petherton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: South Petherton with the Seavingtons and the Lambrooks

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

Find accommodation in
South Petherton

Listing Text

SOUTH PETHERTON CP ST JAMES'S STREET (East side)
ST4317
6/158
Nos 48 and 50
(Court House)
19.4.61

GV II*

Detached house, later subdivided. C16 and C17, extended C18, with other modifications. Ham stone, mostly ashlar; Welsh
slate roofs with coped gables to north crosswing, otherwise plain gabled; stone chimney stacks. 'T'-plan with
additions; 2 storeys, 6 bay west elevation. Bay 1 is the medieval crosswing, projecting for 3 bays, and features an
angled 2-storey bay window, probably C18, with small-pane sash windows of 12+18+12 panes to both levels, with moulded
cills, cornice heads, pilaster strips, with stepped hipped stone roof over, and crowned with a pair of
barley-sugar-twist chimneys: return has two 3-light hollow-chamfer mullioned windows in chamfered recesses without
labels, rectangular-leaded, to first floor; and below, to bay 1 an early sash window of 32 panes with thick glazing
bars, having hood and all to match the bay window; bay 2 has a similar opening without hood, with later 12-pane sash
window, and between is a beaded surround doorway, now blocked. Bay 2 is a gabled projection with finial; below is a
blocked segmental-arched opening with segmental-relieving arch over, and above is a 3-light hollow-chamfer mullioned
window in wave-mould recess with label, rectangular-leaded; against the return a late C20 lean-to porch. The remaining
4 bays are a C18 wing, with plinth, moulded eaves course, and in centre of ridge a moulded cornice base and two
octagonal stone chimneys with moulded caps; to ground floor are 12-pane sash windows and above are tall 24-pane sashes,
all having recessed architraves and moulded cills; to right of bay 4 a plain boarded door in heavy frame. Extending
forwards from the south-west corner a single-storey building (no 46) not of special interest. Set well back from the
road a further extension northwards, of 2 storeys, one bay. Interior not seen, but the C18 wing is reported to have
original corner-fireplaces, moulded p1asterwork, and an apparently C18 staircase in the bay between the crosswing and
the south wing; the crosswing has C17 and C18 panelling, and dividing partitions of timber frames with daub filling on
horizontal rods, deep chamfered beams without steps, two 4-centre-arched doorways; roof trusses mostly renewed but one
smoke-blackened collar truss survives. This house probably served as the court house from 1540, but although the
arrangement of the upper room of the south wing suggests a first-floor courtroom with separate access on south side,
the courts appear to have been held in the Crown Inn, in the Square, by the C18. (VCH, Vol III, l974; VAG Report,
unpublished SR0, l976).


Listing NGR: ST4321217051

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Selected Sources

Source links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.