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HER Number:MDV114132
Name:The 'Shambles', The Square, Chagford


No longer extant; site of the thatched market office and public slaughterhouse in the Square. By the 1860s, these buildings were dilapidated and were replaced by the purpose-built Market House building.


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

  • ABATTOIR (XVII to XIX - 1618 AD to 1860 AD (Between))
  • MARKET HOUSE (XVII to XIX - 1618 AD to 1860 AD (Between))

Full description

Lysons, D. + Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannica, 96 (Monograph). SDV323771.

Market house fell with loss of ten lives in 1618.

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

Tithe Map shows the L-shaped structure in the Square; marked as plot number 48; 'The Market'.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX78NW17 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV260824.

Modern market house on site of 16th century market house and court house. Date of charter for market not known, but mentioned in 1574. Probably lost in the fire of chagford at the close of the 17th century but market house fell in 1617, the chamber which held the court standing on decayed pillars, sank under a greater concourse than usual.
No remains, and no further information (19/8/1953).

Rice, I., 2002, The Book of Chagford. A Town Apart, 17 (Monograph). SDV356605.

Image dating to 1860 (one of the earliest known images of Chagford) shows the Upper Square and the old 'Shambles'. The shambles was a thatched structure in the centre of the Square that incorporated the market office and public slaughter house. It also housed the toll office and other facilities the market required. At the time of this image it can be seen (like many of the structures infilling the Square) to be dilapidated. Market House constructed as a replacement in 1861-2.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV260824Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX78NW17. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown. 96.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital. [Mapped feature: #73465 ]
SDV356605Monograph: Rice, I.. 2002. The Book of Chagford. A Town Apart. The Book of Chagford. Hardback Volume. 17.

Associated Monuments

MDV114171Related to: 11 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV114174Related to: 9 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV114181Related to: Chagford town leats (Monument)
MDV8271Related to: The Market House, Chagford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2018 1:35PM