King John's Hunting Lodge, Axbridge

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King John's Hunting Lodge is a wool-merchant's house built in Axbridge, a town in the English county of Somerset. It is a jettied timber-frame building of three storeys, occupying a corner plot on the town square. The building has served a variety of purposes with shops on the ground floor and workshops and living quarters on the first and second floors. At one time The King's Head Inn occupied part of the building and a sculpture of a king's head, which acted as a sign for the pub is preserved within, and a replica is attached to the outside. The lodge was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1971, and repairs were undertaken to reverse significant deterioration to the building.The house is leased by the National Trust to Axbridge and District Museum Trust, who operate it as a local museum which includes exhibits relating to local geology and history from the Neolithic to World War II. It is a Grade II* listed building.HistoryIn 1340 the site of the present building was occupied by a building belonging to John Oldeway. It contained shops and was called "the stockhouse". The current building, which was constructed around 1460, was occupied by shops on the ground floor, living areas and workshops on the first floor, and storage and sleeping areas on the second floor.The house is the finest of a number of timber-frame houses in the High Street and The Square. The three-storey building is jettied on two adjacent sides and has three gables on the longer side. On the first and second floors curved brackets can be seen which support the floor above. The structure is based around a single wooden post, known as a king post, at the front corner of the building, which supports the floor boards and the horizontal dragon beams that carry the projection of the upper floors at each level.
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  • In this little medieval square amongst gift shops, tea shops and the local co-op is a stunning piece of history. An incredibly beautiful building well worth a visit. On the National Trust list.  more »
  • This small museum covering the social history of Axbridge contained some interesting material that really brought the history of the town to life, but deserved its 5 stars for the enthusiasm of the vo...  more »
  • This impressive pre-Tudor, timber framed building sits on the corner of The Square in Axbridge. It has been many things but apparently, never a hunting lodge. It is nonetheless a fascinating local mus...  more »
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  • Small but fascinating. Elizabethan period exterior and interior. Restored to something like it's original appearance and is home to the local museum
  • Amazing collection over three small floors. Archaeological finds from the area, and from local Axbridge history. The wonky second floor is an experience.
  • Very interesting. good for local history.
  • Just passing. Was very quaint.
  • Lovely little village to vist

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