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,20,King Street,,,,SA31 1BH

A Grade II Listed Building in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8574 / 51°51'26"N

Longitude: -4.3041 / 4°18'14"W

OS Eastings: 241422

OS Northings: 220156

OS Grid: SN414201

Mapcode National: GBR DG.T321

Mapcode Global: VH3LH.BKYZ

Entry Name: ,20,King Street,,,,SA31 1BH

Listing Date: 19 May 1981

Last Amended: 28 November 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82112

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Situated roughly midway along street.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Carmarthen

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Commercial premises apparently dated 1806, but external detail all later C19. In 1914 and 1926 listed with No 19 as David Williams, book-seller, the business later including antiques, the antiques business was housed in this building, the bookshop in No 19. The 2 shopfronts have matching carved heads, literary on No 19, grotesque (antique) on No 20. The house is said to have once been used as residence for High Court judges.

Exterior

House and shops, taller than Nos 19 and 21 adjoining, painted stucco with slate close eaved roof and no chimneys. Three bays, 3 storeys. Stone plaque in top right hand corner, eroded but apparently dated 1806. Early C19 fluted metal rainwater heads, possibly lead, with lead downpipe. Tripartite plate-glass sash windows to upper floors, outer top floor windows and first floor left window with cast-iron later C19 flower balconies on sills. Ground floor has 2 late C19 shops each with plate glass shop window with outer panelled pilaster and scrolled bracket carved with a grotesque face, and fascia and cornice above. Shop-windows canted in with shop doors, and recessed centre half-glazed double door to stairs to upper floors.

Interior

Two iron columns in shop windows marked The Old Foundry Co, Carmarthen. Stick baluster staircase to upper floors around small open well, with scrolled tread ends and ramped rail.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a prominent commercial frontage of late Georgian origins, retaining a good late C19 shopfront, a pair with that of No 19.

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