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Mid Devon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SS 83062 00349



SS826000 HIGH STREET 672-1/5/117 (North side) 11/10/72 Townsends (Formerly Listed as: HIGH STREET (South side) The Town Hall)


Public rooms built for the Literary Society (Pevsner), later used as the Town Hall, now a shop. 1852 (date on front), designed by R D Gould of Barnstaple, considerably rebuilt behind the facade in the late C19, ground floor altered for shop front in the c.1960s. Flemish bond brick on a deep stone rubble plinth, the front elevation and ground floor of the right return stuccoed; painted stone dressings; slate roof; stack with brick shaft. Classical style. Exterior: 2 storeys. 3-bay front, symmetrical above the ground floor, crowned with a large pediment. Chamfered rusticated quoins, those on the ground floor vermiculated. Sharply projecting moulded string at first floor level with a platband above. First floor piano nobile has 3 tall windows with moulded, eared, shouldered architraves, the outer windows with triangular pediments, the centre with a segmental pediment, each window with balustraded sills with a continuous moulded string above the balustrade. Windows glazed with late C19/early C20 4-pane horned sashes. Boldly moulded pediment with a moulded roundel in the tympanum with a projecting bracket at the bottom. Platband below pediment with inscription in bold Roman letters: ANNO QUINTO VICTORIAE REGINAE MDCCCLII. The ground floor has a shop door and C20 shop window below the remains of 2 C19 round-headed arched windows with moulded architraves. C20 inserted front door to the right. Deep coved eaves; Venetian first floor window with a reeded drip and keyblock, windows glazed with plate glass sashes. Round-headed doorway to right of centre with a reeded drip and C20 door below a plain fanlight. Window alongside to the left is a 12-pane sash with a reeded drip; alongside to the right a partly-blocked tripartite sash with small panes. Interior: Substantial open well stair with an open string,turned balusters, barleysugar newels and a moulded handrail. The first floor room retains a coved ceiling and moulded cornice. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner, N., & Cherry, B.,: Devon: London: P.298).

Listing NGR: SS8303300354


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Devon, (1989), 298


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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