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HER Number:MDV114102
Name:Barns behind Webbers and Son, Chagford


Buildings to the rear of Webber's initially included three barns, but these were later adapted for domestic use. One of the buildings is thought to have been built (or rebuilt) by Gideon Webber as a public hall, used as a dentists' and doctors' surgery (amongst other things), before becoming a storage room for the shop.


Grid Reference:SX 700 875
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARN (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1880 AD (Between))
  • PUBLIC HALL (XIX to Early 20th Century - 1900 AD to 1925 AD (Between))
  • STOREHOUSE (Early 20th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1925 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

The Tithe Map shows one of the barns in existence; the most north-westerly of the group. This building is positioned in the corner of the plot 98.

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

The late 19th century historic map depicts the layout of the buildings. The north-western (oldest) of the buildings may have been rebuilt at this time.

Parker, R., 2015, Historic Building Survey of Webber's Hardware Stores, The Square, Chagford (Report - Survey). SDV359376.

Parker, R., 2015, Historic Building Survey of Webber's Hardware Stores, The Square, Chagford, 8, 19-24, figs 5-6 (Report - Survey). SDV359376.

Barn 1 lies to the north-west of the group and is shown on the Tithe Map, within portion 98. This building is a two-storey structure which appears to have been extensively rebuilt or remodelled in the 20th century. This building appears to have fallen into ruin by the late 19th century, but was rebuilt. Few surviving historic features internally.
This building is probably the public hall constructed by Gideon Webber in the early 20th century and from the roof of which he fell to his death in 1916 (personal comment from current owner). The hall was used as a doctors' and dentists' surgery, the British Legion and Scout base. It was apparently known as 'Central Hall' and was used for 20 years for the various functions menioned above, before it became a storeroom for the shop.
Barn 2 is attached to Barn 1 on the south-eastern end, and is later in date. Existing building is two-storeys, with a low pitched roof. Shown on the late 19th century historic map but has been extensively rebuilt in modern times. No historic features identified in survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Today, the barns are integrated into the extended modern buildings at the rear of Webber's. Now used as dwellings.

Hughes, S., 2019, 46-48 The Square, Chagford, Devon Phase 4 area results of archaeological monitoring and recording (Report - Watching Brief). SDV363752.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #73435 ]
SDV359376Report - Survey: Parker, R.. 2015. Historic Building Survey of Webber's Hardware Stores, The Square, Chagford. Richard Parker Report. 2015.01. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 8, 19-24, figs 5-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV114103Related to: Barn behind The Ring of Bells, Chagford (Building)
MDV114106Related to: James Bowden and Son, Chagford (Building)
MDV114098Related to: The Vulcan Ironworks, Chagford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6909 - Historic Building Survey of Webbers Hardware Stores, The Square, Chagford (Ref: 2015.01)
  • EDV8302 - Monitoring and recording at 46-48 The Square (Ref: ACD1543)
  • EDV8304 - Monitoring and recording at 46-48 The Square (Ref: ACD1543)

Date Last Edited:Jul 20 2020 11:34AM