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Dolphin Hotel

Picture source: Christopher Levy

The Dolphin Hotel was situated at 9 Cornmarket. This grade-II listed pub closed c2000 and is now part of Bradbeers department store.
Grade II* Listed as early 19th century Dolphin Hotel and numbers 11-15 under separate Grade II Listing. 9 has a blue plaque which reads: 'This building was the Dolphin Inn from the late 17th Century to the late 20th Century'. The earliest recorded publican being John Edwards from at least 1878 to apparently 1920. The Dolphin was purchased by Bradbeers early 2001. In the spring of 2002 archaeologists recorded the building ready for conversion to a restaurant and store by Bradbeers. Although the stucco-fronted building is described as being built in the early 19th century, it was found timber framing inside that was as early as the 15th century. Stables at the back of the hotel dated to the 18th century. The building survey was able to trace how the Regency façade was created in 1828 and to point out the large arched brick cellars under the hotel which probably date to the 17th century. Excavations in the car park found Bronze or Iron Age, Roman and Medieval pottery.
Steve Turner (October 2021)
Listed building details:
Early C19. 3-storeys. Stucco with rusticated ground floor treatment. Raised 1st floor string forming base to 4 pilasters on upper floors with moulded string course and parapet. 3 Yorkshire casement windows on 2nd floor. 2 semi-circular 3 light bay windows on 1st floor, flanking narrow central glazed door with rectangular fanlight with rectangular glazing pattern opening on to a central curved balcony with contemporary wrought iron rails ornamented with cast lead rosettes. On ground floor, 2 modern windows to west and wide yard entrance to east. Annexe to east of 2-storeys. Colour
washed brick. Upper part carried up with parapet and stone coping, on similar rusticated ground floor treatment to main building. The central portion of upper part projects with curved corners and has a large 2 light casement window with Gothic glazing pattern in recessed brick arch, with a keystone ornamented with gilt Dolphin. On ground floor, 2 modern windows, and a central door of later date.

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Date of photo: 2019

Photo  © Jo Turner

Picture source: David Fisher