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The Georgian House - Past and Present


Watchet's Heritage - The Georgian House

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This fine Georgian House would not look out of place in Bath, with is of classical construction and has been well preserved by a sympathetic owner.

Dating from the first half of the 18th century, it looks much as it would have done when originally built and would have been an imposing and impressive sight, in what was then called Swine Street. The interior features are rather magnificent with fine wood and plaster "Shell Cupboards" flanking a classic Georgian fireplace and chimney piece.

The property maintains a good number of fine period details but also holds a remarkable secret not obvious from the exterior! The rear of the property gives evidence of a much earlier building with a number of early 17th century features, including both an elm bressemer, a period fireplace and elm beams.

This certainly indicates the original builders may have felt it worthwhile to retain this part of the original property for food preparation and other domestic duties. The original purpose of the main building is to a degree subject to conjecture, but there are indications that it may have been a bank or used for some form of commerce.

Today the House serves as a bed and breakfast establishment and a full detailed survey of the house can be found on the Watchet Conservation Society's website.

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This page is provided by Watchet Conservation Society with the help of Watchet Chamber of Trade
and with funding from Somerset West & Taunton Council's High Street Emergency Fund.
Text and history provided by Nick Cotton