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The Hermitage, 68 and 69 High Street St Martin's, Stamford

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Reference Name MLI95382

The Hermitage, 68 and 69 High Street St Martin's, Stamford

The Hermitage, 68 and 69 High Street St Martin's, Stamford, dates from the late 15th century and is now part of the George Hotel


PRN 37884
[Note - where there is confusion or discrepancy between sources regarding the date of a building, the Royal Commission survey (which is the most detailed and recent) has been taken as the most reliable.]
This house, which is now part of the George Hotel, dates from the late 15th century and has proved difficult to interpret. It consists of three ranges around a yard. The east range appears to have been a three-cell house and the west range has an open hall and an unusual arrangement of screens passages with a parlour above, and probably a cross wing to the south. The south range probably contained a kitchen and lodgings. The street front was rebuilt around 1700 and has contemporary windows but with modern reproduction mullions and transoms. There is a vaulted undercroft under the north room of the east range. A 19th century description included the incorrect idea that the house incorporates the remains of the chapel of St Mary Magdalene. A full description of the layout and fittings of the interior is given in the source. {1}
This building dates to the late 17th or early 18th century [this is incorrect - see above]. It is two storeys in height and built of coursed rubble with a slate roof. For the full description and the legal address of this listed building please refer to the appropriate List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. {2}
This building contains extensive medieval remains, although it is almost impossible to tell which are genuine survivals and which have been re-used. These include a row of 13th or early 14th century wall niches (three are covered over but one is visible), however it is unclear if these are in situ. The wall they are in is nearly four feet thick. The most extensive remains, including remains of a possible medieval kitchen, are in the rear of the building. It is said that medieval burials in stone coffins have been found in a passageway along the south of the building. {4}

1 Bibliographic reference: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1977. An Inventory of Historical Monuments. The Town of Stamford. No 238, pp 102-03, plates 72, 77, 132, 133
2 Index: Department of the Environment. 1974. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 1/235
3 Bibliographic reference: Pevsner, N. and Harris, J., with Antram, N.. 1989. Buildings of England (Second Edition). Lincolnshire. pp 715-16
4 Bibliographic reference: ROGERS, A.. 1970. The Medieval Buildings of Stamford. No 18, pp 27-28

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