Romsey > Dolphin Hotel
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)
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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