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HER Number:MDV114134
Name:Post Office, The Square, Chagford


Post office was moved from the High Street (now Whiddons tearoom) to this premises in 1882. The building dates to the late 19th century and is one of a block that were built to replace those destroyed in a fire in 1861. Still used as the post office to this day.


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

  • HOUSE (XIX - 1861 AD to 1880 AD (Between))
  • POST OFFICE (XIX - 1892 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Tithe Map shows the buildings that predated the post office, and were apparently destroyed by fire in 1861.

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

First depiction of the building used as the post office.

Rice, I., 2002, The Book of Chagford. A Town Apart, 7-8, 17, 24-7, 92-3, 108-110, 113, 116, 140 (Monograph). SDV356605.

Chagford first had a post office in 1842, in Lower Street, which later had its name changed to Post Office Street. In 1856, the postmaster was John Thorn, who was based on the High Street (now Whiddons Tearoom). His son succeeded him and in 1882 the office was moved to its current location in the Square and gained a telegraph service.
1920s photograph shows the group of buildings that replaced the fire damaged cottages after 1861. The earlier of these is the building housing the post office. It was not purpose-built, but first became so in 1892 (?). At the time of this image, it housed the public telephone and telegraph office, but had yet to have acquired the telephone box outside.

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

Depicted on the modern mapping.

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.
SDV356605Monograph: Rice, I.. 2002. The Book of Chagford. A Town Apart. The Book of Chagford. Hardback Volume. 7-8, 17, 24-7, 92-3, 108-110, 113, 116, 140.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #73467 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV114171Related to: 11 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV108717Related to: 28 and 30 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV114174Related to: 9 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV80787Related to: K6 telephone box, Chagford (Building)
MDV8271Related to: The Market House, Chagford (Building)
MDV114124Related to: The Royal Oak, The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV33166Related to: Whiddons, Chagford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2016 2:37PM