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9 Fore Street Bridgwater

These photographs were taken by Dr Cattermole 6 June 2013. The beam in the first photograph can be identified with that which can be seen in the vaping shop in Bridgwater High Street, not far from Binford Place. This house was saved from the demolition of a large block of buildings along Binford Place in 1966. The property is Listed, Grade II, and is described as follows:

"House, now shop. C17, refronted mid C20. Stretcher-bond brick with pantile roof. C17 single-depth plan, parallel to street, with rear to left wing making L-plan. 2 storeys; one-window range. One C20 tripartite sash window to first floor, C20 shop to ground floor. INTERIOR: a heavy unsupported chamfered oak beam with central mortice spans the buildings inside the set-back C20 door; to the right is a deeply chamfered recess, possibly a former doorhead with mortice to a former central support. Down the centre, approx 2.5m from the door, a painted oak-panelled screen with moulded cornice and square panels alternating with horizontal panels below extends for approx 5m backwards to a late C17 doorcase. This has panelled plinths to short fluted pilasters with panelled tops; between them a moulded semicircular arch with a keystone and panelled spandrels has a cornice which steps forward above the keystone and pilasters. Above the forward end of this screen, a shallow stone corbel supports a stone lintel. Roof space not inspected but likely to be of interest."


1. Large timber beam. Compare with this image from Google Street View

Described in the listing as 'a heavy unsupported chamfered oak beam with central mortice spans the buildings inside the set-back C20 door'

2. Wood panelling left and right - later doorway?


3. Fine panelling with roundles - renaissance? Older than the surrounding panelling? Possible salvage?


4. Medieval Carving - a bird with its wings out. Ham stone.


5.The same from a different angle - note extent on right - more to be uncovered, or architectural salvage?


6. Very fine medieval carving, two angels holding a shield with a very large crown.


7. Same from a different angle - shield quartered at top, but whole in base?


8. Old eight panelled door - seventeenth/eighteenth century?


9. Very fine portal - described in the listing as: 'a late C17 doorcase. This has panelled plinths to short fluted pilasters with panelled tops; between them a moulded semicircular arch with a keystone and panelled spandrels has a cornice which steps forward above the keystone and pilasters.'


10. Same door with panelling either side.


11. Fireplace set in panelling.


12. Detail of a frame - eighteenth century?


13. Roof structure


14. Joint detail.


15. Joint detail.


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