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IoE Number: 269730
Photographer: Mr John Chester
Date Photographed: 07 June 2006
Date listed: 04 June 1952
Date of last amendment: 04 July 1975
Grade I

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1. FORE STREET 5365 (South Side) No 15 (Tudor-Tavern) [Formerly listed as No 15 (Tudor-House Restaurant)] The Cottage at rear of No 15 ST 2224 SE 11/253 4.6.52. I GV 2. Taunton's famous "Ancient House", formerly Halliday's Shop. Said to have been the town house of the Portmans. Overhanging 3 storey timbered front dated 1578 with initials TT and IT. Very high red tiled roof, the upper part of the gable breaking forward above the 2nd floor oriel, and 2nd floor jettied also. Carved bressumers and bargeboards with pendant, curved braces in studding. 8-light oriel to 2nd floor. 1st floor has 9-light oriel with additional lights at sides making a continuous 17-light window. All windows are mullioned and transomed and have leaded lights. Beading and billet motifs to ground floor fascia over modern shop fronts. Pointed stone arch to entry on left hand side, original wooden door. Wrought iron ornamental bracket for bell. Behind the late C16 front survives a late medieval hall with open trussed roof and arched braces. Interior is considerably restored. A.M. The rear wing, previously listed as 'The Cottage', is part of the same property. Probably originally the servants' quarters etc. Approached through the arched entry at side of No 15 and along a picturesque narrow court. 2 storeys. Timber framed, with 1st floor jettied. Ground floor is now one long room used as a bar: continuous mullioned window along one side, partly renewed. Old fireplace opening. Both interior and exterior have been much restored. The Cottage at rear is not A.M. No 1A Billet Street, No 66 The County Hotel, the Brendon Bar and No "8¨ East Street, form an important group with the listed buildings in Cheapside, Fore Street and the Parade.

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