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Saracens Head

 

 

 

The Saracens Head was situated at 40-41 Market Place. This grade-II listed pub closed in 1956 and is now used as a branch of Barclays Bank.  An inn of this name stood here since 1341 and is mentioned by Sir Walter Scott in "The Heart of Midlothian" as the inn where Jeanie Deans stayed when on her journey to London.

 
Listed building details:
Former coaching inn, now shop and bank. 1721, with late C20  alterations. Brick, with stone dressings and hipped pantile roof with 2 ridge stacks. Chamfered quoins, second floor band, moulded eaves. 3 storeys; 8 window range of plain sashes, those to first floor with brick flat arches. In the centre of the first floor, a niche with Saracen's Head bust. Ground floor has an 8 bay Tuscan arcade with continuous cornice. In the fourth bay, a carriage entrance. To its left, a fully glazed late C20 shopfront. To its right, renderd wall with plinth. Two 12 pane sashes, flanked by single mid C20 doors
with overlights. The door to left has 2 leaves. Right rear wing ground floor rebuilt late C20. Brick with pantile roof and single gable stack. 2 storeys plus attics; 7 window range of segment headed 12 pane sashes, the 3 to right smaller. Above, to left, 2 raking dormers. Interior is said to have C18 staircase and plaster overmantels.
 

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