Eastgate House / King's Arms / King's Head / Angel Inn

24 Nov 2002
Eastgate House, 2 High Street, Totnes, South Hams, Devon, TQ9 5RZ
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King's Arms, Totnes, South Hams, Devon, TQ9 5RZ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5180 HIGH STREET (South Side) No 2 (Eastgate House) SX 8060 SW 1/98 7.1.52.



Probably refronted circa 1835 at the same time as the Eastgate was rebuilt (qv).

The site of the principal inn of Totnes known as the King's Arms: renamed the King's Head in 1642. In 1762 known as the Angel Inn with 4 parlours, a large dining room that extended across the street, 15 lodging rooms, 2 kitchens, a coach house and stabling for upwards of 40 horses. In 1824 a ballroom was built at the rear. In 1850 Lord Seymour purchased the building and opened it as a Mechanic's Institute and Reading Room. Latterly the Berry Pomeroy estate office. 3 storeys. 3 windows.

Hipped Welsh slate roof. Stucco front with boxed-out wooden eaves cornice. Plinth.

Architraved sash with glazing bars. Round-arched staircase window with radial glazing and margin lights. Round-arched, architraved doorway with radial fanlight and raised and fielded panel door. Interior with geometrical staircase and bracketed cornice to hall of 1835. At the rear the former ballroom of 1824 has a hipped Welsh slate roof with projecting eaves and slate-hung walls: interior of ballroom with moulded plaster cornice and ceiling rose; chimneypiece with good hob grate. The east return to South Street incorporates at ground floor level the battered base of the medieval town wall in coursed Devonian limestone rubble. Grade II* for group value. (M.


Listing NGR: SX8027060415


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2186 IOE Records taken by Graham White; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Graham White. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: White, Graham

Rights Holder: White, Graham


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