Treasurer's House

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Treasurer's House
Geograph 2759010 Treasurer's House, Martock.jpg
Treasurer's House is located in Somerset
Treasurer's House
Location within Somerset
General information
Town or city Martock
Country England
Coordinates 50°58′10″N 2°46′21″W / 50.9695°N 2.7726°W / 50.9695; -2.7726
Completed 13th century

The Treasurer's House is a National Trust-owned property in Martock, in the English county of Somerset. It has been designated as a grade I listed building.[1] Apart from the Bishop's Palace, Wells it is the oldest house in the county.[2]

It is a medieval priest's house built from Hamstone during the 13th century. It is mentioned as the parsonage attached to the village Church of All Saints. In 1227 it was acquired by Hugh of Wells the treasurer of Wells Cathedral who became the rector and patron of the church.[3][4] The Bishop of Bath owned the building, which was known as Martock Priory, until 1849 when it was transferred to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.[5] It was then privately owned until it was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1970.[1]

The building has undergone various extensions and alterations since it was built.[6] The building has a T shaped plan with the west projecting wing being a hall added in the 14th century.[1][3]

The Solar Block is the oldest part of the building dating from around 1250.[7] [8] The walls were covered with 16th century limewash which was removed to expose a 13th century wall painting with a depiction of Jesus on the cross and two other figures.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c "The Treasurer's House". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Treasurer's House". Martock Online. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Emery, Anthony (2006). Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500, Volume 3. Cambridge University Press. p. 589. ISBN 9781139449199. 
  4. ^ "Martock". Martock. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ R.W. Dunning (editor), A.P. Baggs, R.J.E. Bush (1978). "Parishes: Martock". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 4. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Richardson, Miranda. "Martock". English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Treasurer's House". Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Treasurer's House". National Trust. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Papworth, Martin. "The Treasure beneath the Lime Wash". Archaeology National Trust SW. Natiional Trust. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 

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