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IoE Number: 379857
Photographer: Mr Peter Frederick Rushby LMPA
Date Photographed: 26 October 1999
Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 08 January 1959
Grade II*

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BRISTOLST5872NEKING STREET, Centre901-1/16/597(South side)

BRISTOL ST5872NE KING STREET, Centre 901-1/16/597 (South side) 08/01/59 Nos.3, 4 AND 5 Llandoger Trow Public House GV II* Row of 3 houses, now one public house and restaurant. c1665, partly refenestrated C18. Timber box frame with stone party walls, brick lateral stacks and pantile roof. Gabled fronts at right angles to road, each with central right-hand stair-wells between 2 lateral stacks, opening to a central lobby between front and rear rooms. 3 storeys, attic and basement; 5-bay range. A fine range of 3 equal gables, jettied above the ground and first floors with a slate pent over the ground floor, moulded fascia boards and boxed eaves. Ground floors of outer houses articulated by Jacobean Ionic pilasters with lozenges, beneath moulded brackets, and left-hand doors. No.3 has a framed 16-panel door, and two 8/8-pane sashes above a left-hand segmental-arched basement hatch. No.4 has a C18 shop front with central C20 door, deep bays each side with paired 12/12-pane sashes to the right and two 24-pane windows to the left. No.5 has a framed scratch-moulded 16-panel door, and 2 pairs of plate-glass sashes above brick nogging. Upper floors have exposed ovolo-moulded close studding, beneath continuous full-width fenestration, now blocked, between 2:1:2 2-storey canted oriels containing Ipswich windows to No.3 and the second floors of Nos 4 & 5, which have 12/12-pane sashes to the first floor; the attic has 3-light mullion and transom windows to Nos 3 & 4, and 8/8-pane sash to No.5. Right return a 1-window range with C17 mullion and transom casements, and 2 lateral stacks set in small gables. Rear gables each 1-window range with late C19 sashes, with a 2-storey oriel to No.5 beneath a second-floor pent roof. Attached late C20 kitchen blocks. INTERIOR: good C17 plaster ceilings, and cyma-moulded beams with bar stopped chamfers. Central right-hand framed dogleg stairs with thick turned balusters, square newels with ball finials, and moulded rails, opening into central first-floor lobbies. Ground and first floors divided into narrow compartments by moulded beams, with plaster quatrefoil patterns, featuring Adam and Eve-style figures, pomegranites, fleurs de lys, most ornate in the first-floor former Great Chambers to the front. The ground floor of No.4 has a narrow front compartment representing a former shop. Scratch-moulded first-floor panelling to No.4 with incised decoration, various dates from late C17. Ground-floor front room to No.3 fully-panelled with bolection moulding, now linked to No.4; C20 kitchen to the rear. Rear room of No.4 has a C17 carved N German overmantel depicting the Nativity, and a shell-hood corner cupboard to the left. No.5 has a rear door with stopped moulded frame, panelled doors from the stair well, which is restored on the ground floor and has an ovolo-moulded cross window and casements with turn buckles. First-floor C17 stone fire surrounds to Nos 3 & 5 have Tudor arches and stopped mouldings. Originally part of a range of 5 houses with shops on the ground floor, prefiguring later terrace forms, of which 2 were lost in the last war. The finest group of C17 timber-framed buildings in Bristol, retaining original plan forms. Similar plasterwork can be found in No.33 (qv). (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 84; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 433).

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