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HER Number:MDV106918
Name:Old Ashburton Fire Station, East Road


No longer extant. Originally the Golden Lion Tap, an annex of the Golden Lion pub set between this and the Red Lion on East Street. Documented in 1850 until 1901 when it was demolished and rebuilt soon after as the Fire Station. This was subsequently demolished in the early 1970s.


Grid Reference:SX 758 699
Map Sheet:SX76NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (XIX to Early 20th Century - 1850 AD to 1901 AD (Between))
  • FIRE STATION (Early 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1901 AD to 1970 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Buildings depicted at this location, although these were not used as the fire station at this time. Location is approximate.

Webb, P., 1995, The Pubs and Inns of Ashburton, 29 (Monograph). SDV347208.

Golden Lion Tap, East Street.
This existed between the present Golden Lion and Red Lion and was probably an annex of the main pub. Listed in 1851 census and listed in trade directories until 1901, after which it was demolished and rebuilt as the fire station. Demolished in the early 1970s and is now part of the car park.

Hands, S. + Webb, P., 2004, The Book of Ashburton. Pictorial History of a Dartmoor Stannery Town, 54-55 (Monograph). SDV356598.

Ashburton has one of the oldest fire brigades in Britain; established in 1750. The original base was in St Lawrence Lane, but was also based in the Town Hall until the end of the Second World War.
The bridgade moved to East Street after the war and was situated there, between the Red Lion and Golden Lion inns until the mid-1960s. It was replaced by the present day structure on Eastern Road in 1965.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #66430 ]
SDV347208Monograph: Webb, P.. 1995. The Pubs and Inns of Ashburton. The Pubs and Inns of Ashburton. Paperback Volume. 29.
SDV356598Monograph: Hands, S. + Webb, P.. 2004. The Book of Ashburton. Pictorial History of a Dartmoor Stannery Town. The Book of Ashburton. Hardback Volume. 54-55.

Associated Monuments

MDV106915Related to: Ashburton Fire Station, Eastern Road (Building)
MDV80811Related to: Red Lion Inn, 56 East Street Ashburton (Building)
MDV90506Related to: The Old Fire Station, Ashburton (Building)
MDV23254Related to: Town Hall, Ashburton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 11 2019 3:19PM