© Mr John H. Sparkes
CASTLE WALL TO REAR OF NOS 10 TO 14 (CONSEC). WATER GATE. VAULTED UNDERCROFT), WEST QUAY (west side)
BRIDGWATER, SEDGEMOOR, SOMERSET
Mr John H. Sparkes
04 April 2007
24 March 1950
Date of last amendment:
31 January 1994
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ST2937SE WEST QUAY
736-1/10/205 (West side)
24/03/50 Castle wall, watergate and
(Formerly Listed as:
Castle wall to rear of Nos.10-14
(consec). Water Gate. Vaulted
Castle wall, watergate and undercroft. C13. Red Wembdon
sandstone rubble, some blue lias limestone to the wall,
rubblestone and some Ham Hill stone to the arch; brick vaults,
probably C18, to the rear in Bond Street. Approx 3.5m thick at
the base, the wall at the junction of West Quay and Chandos
Street is over 6m high - higher to the right - where the
windows to the building to rear are above it. Within the base
of the wall close to north of watergate are 2 vaults approx 2m
high. The River Parrett formerly came right up to the wall.
The watergate, approx 30m to the south, is set back between
Nos 11 & 12 West Quay (qv). It has 3 segmental arches, the
first has splayed outer jambs to an arch partly rebuilt with
C19 brick, a chamfered inner arch and that to rear is rebated.
In the space between the 2 outer arches is a recess to the
right, possibly for a gatekeeper. Behind the wall, parallel to
it, is a barrel-vaulted brick-lined C18 undercroft over 40m
long and 10m wide formerly used as a bonded warehouse, giving
the name to Bond Street.
The rear wall of Nos 12-14 West Quay (qv) includes part of the
(VCH: Somerset: London: 1992-: 206-7).