50 & 52 Princes Street

50 & 52 princes street

(East Side) - An Eighteenth Century Town House

 

This former unimposing house in Princes Street, now split into two shop premises with offices over, was built towards the end of the eighteenth century. 

The following description is from the Somerset Historic Environment Record -

House, now two shops. Late C18 clay tiled roof, with no copings to gables. 2-storey. Modern shopfronts to ground floor set in ashlar surrounds, to first floor 4-plain sash windows without glazing bars in plain openings. There is a plain return to North lane with a modern galvanised steel window set high in the gable.  

 

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A photograph of the 1950s of the block of former seventeenth and eighteenth town houses on the eastern side of Princes Street, to the south of North Lane.

 

Photographed (I think) in the late 1970s when 46 & 48 were Channing's toy shop, 44 was Widgers estate agents, 42 was Thorne's hairdresser and tobacconist and 40 was the WI Market (before it moved to Hendford, near to the Butchers Arms.

 

50 & 52 Princes Street in an enlargement of the previous photograph.

 

A photograph of the 1990s but it isn't clear what the premises are being used for.

 

The former eighteenth century town house, now two shop premises, Lunch Box at left and an early version of Cafe Number 50 at right. Photographed in 2008.

 

Cafe Vie at left and Cafe 50 at right. Photographed in 2013.