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HER Number:MDV108578
Name:Town Hall and Library, Buckfastleigh

Summary

Grey limestone and red brick typical late-Victorian civic building. The main part of the building was constructed in the late 1880’s to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and it was later extended by the Hamlyns in 1925 as part of the improvements to the town after the Great War.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 738 660
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckfastleigh
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TOWN HALL (XIX to XX - 1880 AD to 1925 AD (Between))
  • LIBRARY (XX to XXI - 1952 AD to 2014 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

No building shown on the late 19th century map so the building (or at least the eastern end of it) must have been built fairly soon after this map was produced.


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

The early 20th century historic map shows building, labelled as 'Institute'. Fair size rectangular structure.


Ordnance Survey, 1930 - 1939, Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV336668.

The 1930s map shows the extension made by the Hamlyns in 1925.


Coleman, S., 2003, The Book of Buckfastleigh. A Time for Remembering 1930-2002, 53 (Monograph). SDV357512.

The library in Buckfastleigh started was originally just a few boxes of books in the school with voluntary librarians. In 1947 a paid member of staff was taken on and the library was moved to Harewood House. In 1952 it moved to its current location in the Town Hall.


Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2012, Buckfastleigh Conservation Area Appraisal (Report - Assessment). SDV357481.

Town Hall: Unlisted
The Town Hall is a physical statement of civic pride and local achievement in grey limestone and red brick. While the main part of the building was constructed in the late 1880’s to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, it was later extended by the Hamlyns in 1925 as part of the improvements to the town after the Great War. Its style is typically late-Victorian and the building remains a focal point for the local community.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Modern map depicts the Town Hall building, with the Library at the western end. The footprint of the building appears the same as the 1930s depiction.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336668Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #67933 ]
SDV357481Report - Assessment: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2012. Buckfastleigh Conservation Area Appraisal. Dartmoor National Park Authority Report. Digital.
SDV357512Monograph: Coleman, S.. 2003. The Book of Buckfastleigh. A Time for Remembering 1930-2002. The Book of Buckfastleigh. A Time for Remembering 1930-2002. Hardback Volume. 53.

Associated Monuments

MDV22930Related to: 114 Plymouth Road (Woodview), Buckfastleigh (Building)
MDV80095Related to: 115 Plymouth Road, Buckfastleigh (Building)
MDV108570Related to: 3 Bossell Road, Buskfastleigh (Building)
MDV80096Related to: 36 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh (Building)
MDV108576Related to: Bossell Terrace, Buckfastleigh (Building)
MDV48198Related to: Buckfastleigh Primary School (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 5 2014 3:30PM