First Floor

In the main room the mortices for the wattle and daub partitions suggest how this storey was once divided into rooms. The exterior walls have widely-spaced timbers (studding), characteristic of late-medieval timber buildings in the south-west. They are reinforced by curved braces, visible both internally and externally, which provide extra strength between the posts and the beams, a distinctive trait of Somerset versions of these houses.

At the external corner a second kingpost supports the projections of the second floor. Below this there is a slot holding a carved crowned head on the exterior, almost certainly the pub sign for the seventeenth century King’s Head Inn which was the main purpose of the building at that time.

The windows, restored by the National Trust, are replicas of the originals on the second floor, as sash windows had been introduced here during the nineteenth century. The stone wall, separating the house from its neighbours, is an old safety precaution; it would have prevented fire from spreading to adjoining timber properties. The massive corner stone still bears the marks of the mason’s tools and, on the outside it is cut to correspond to the jettied timbers.

The western most room has seventeenth-century oak panelling (which possibly came from Clevedon Court). It was installed by Miss Ripley, an avid antiques collector, who bequeathed the Hunting Lodge to the National Trust. Behind part of the panelling there is a reed partition, formerly covered with painted plaster, which may be original. In one wall there is the main fireplace of the living area, which would have supplied both heat and cooking facilities. Notice the original wall painting on the lintel.

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