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© Mr Peter L. May

IoE Number: 267765
Location: THE ABBOT'S FISH HOUSE, PORTERS HATCH (north side)
  MEARE, MENDIP, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr Peter L. May
Date Photographed: 10 April 2002
Date listed: 22 November 1966
Date of last amendment: 22 November 1966
Grade I

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MEARE CPPORTERS HATCH (North side)ST44SE3/59The Abbot's Fish House

MEARE CP PORTERS HATCH (North side) ST44SE 3/59 The Abbot's Fish House 22.11.66 - I House of the chief fisherman of the Abbot of Glastonbury; also used for salting and preparing fish. C14 (temp. Edward III); roof renewed C20. Much weathered coursed and squared rubble, stone-tiled roof, restored eaves cornice, coped verges with finials, freestone dressings. Rectangular on plan, 4 rooms to ground floor, 2 rooms to first floor, though floor now removed; irregular fenestration; East end with a traceried 2-light pointed-arch window; 2-light chamfered stone-mullioned windows; single-light openings in chamfered surrounds; all openings with later iron grilles. Two-centred arch doorway in a chamfered stone surround to South; similar opening on first floor, formerly reached by a flight of stone steps, now missing; 2 further narrow door openings to West, one on each floor; again iron grilles. Interior with fireplace on each floor; 4 door opening in dressed stone surrounds. The building stood on the South-West bank of Meare Pool, which had a circumference of 5 miles; it was drained in the late C18. It is postulated that the fish house was erected in the time of Abbot Adam of Sodbury (1322-1335), who was also responsible for nearby Manor Farmhouse (q.v). Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 3). (Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958; VAG Report, unpublished SRO, 9 September, l174).

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