Monday, 27 August 2012

The Treasurer's House, Martock, Somerset

This bank holiday I visited a National Trust property called The Treasurer's House. The oldest building was from the early 13th c. The ground floor was for storage and the upper floor for living, including a communal hall and a private bedroom, or solar, with access to a garderobe block with latrine and clothes storage. The smell supposed to have kept out the bugs!

In this early structure is found a nice surviving fresco, in the solar, of the Crucifixion. 

By 1300 the Great Hall had been built and was a place of assembly separate from the private residence.

The main hall
By 1500 the garderobe had gone and was replaced by a kitchen. The ground floor of the solar was now a parlour with a door to the kitchen. There was probably a gallery for musicians or spectators at meetings in the main hall. By the 17th c. the gallery had been covered and converted into rooms.

The house today
If you are in Somerset it is well worth a visit, but it is only open Sunday, Monday & Tuesday during summer. It is a pity that more archaeology is not being done in the surrounding grounds, as I am sure it would add more to the story of the people who lived here.

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