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HER Number:MDV18632
Name:172 New Street, Torrington


Former stone and cob house incorporating firebricks inscribed with the dates 1604 and 1614. Demolished, probably in early 20th century.


Grid Reference:SS 490 192
Map Sheet:SS41NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGreat Torrington
Ecclesiastical ParishGREAT TORRINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS41NE/64

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Map object based on this Source.

Hooper, W. R., 1932 - 1933, Early Inscribed Firebacks at Great Torrington, 353-355 (Article in Serial). SDV2937.

No 172 New Street, Great Torrington. Built of stone and cob, thatched, with roof of oak beams. During demolition two 'firebricks' made of 'cloam', were found which had been inserted on either side of a fireplace in an upper chamber. They were inscribed, including dates 1604, 1614; the inscriptions are reproduced. The bricks are thought to date the chimney but there were possible earlier features. It is possible that the owner added a cottage in 1614, as there did appear to be two dwellings with a common passage on to the street.

Alexander, J. J. + Hooper, W. R., 1948, Untitled Source, 205 (Monograph). SDV2938.

The inscribed bricks are described and sketched. Other details: Photocopy.

Horner, B., 1994, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV335952.

The bricks are currently on display in Torrington Museum.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV2937Article in Serial: Hooper, W. R.. 1932 - 1933. Early Inscribed Firebacks at Great Torrington. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 17. Photocopy + Digital. 353-355.
SDV2938Monograph: Alexander, J. J. + Hooper, W. R.. 1948. The History of Great Torrington in the County of Devon. Unknown. 205.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV335952Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1994.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 5 2011 2:29PM