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HER Number:MDV20693
Name:10 Cross Street, Barnstaple


Bearing the date 1901, 10 Cross Street was Barnstaple Post Office from 1902-1984. It was built on the site of a house from which pannelling and an overmantel of 1617 are now preserved in the Guildhall.


Grid Reference:SS 557 331
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/245
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 485578

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POST OFFICE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Map depicts several adjoining irregular shaped buildings on the west side of Cross Street.

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

Small rectangular building marked as 'P.O.'.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003, Barnstaple Castle Car Park Scheme: Phase 1: Archaeological Assessment, 23 (Report - Assessment). SDV319631.

10 Cross Street was Barnstaple ‘Post Office’ from 1902-1984 and is dated 1901. The front is stone ashlar with yellow brick to the rear under a slate roof.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, BMBS Mapping Area 360 (Un-published). SDV351581.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

10 Cross Street. Barnstaple Post Office (1902-84), now offices. Dated 1901 on dormer gable; probably by FW Petter of Barnstaple. Stone ashlar front; pale yellow brick at rear. Hipped slated roof. Rendered chimney with bracketed cap on each side wall. Plan complex: double-depth front range with extensive rear buildings containing former writing and sorting rooms. 2 storeys with garret. 5-bay Italianate front with pilasters of Ionic and Corinthian orders separating the bays. In ground storey the bays contain round-arched openings, with moulded archivolts springing from square half-columns, each arch having an emphasized keystone. Centre and end bays now contain doorways; that in centre was originally a window, while the other 2 contained double panelled doors. All 3 windows had twisted iron columns, which still remain in the 2 surviving windows. Upper-storey windows are mullioned and transomed with moulded architraves; shaped sunk panels below. Top cornice surmounted by a balustrade, the latter interrupted in the middle by a large dormer gable with flanking pilasters buttressed by scrolls and supporting a curved pediment. At either side a wooden dormer window with steeply pitched triangular pediment. INTERIOR: (according to 1988 list description) had no features of interest except for a kitchen range in the right-hand (east) garret room at the front. An important house belonging to the Dodderidge family formerly occupied this site. Panelling and an overmantel of 1617 were preserved and are now in the Guildhall. (Barnstaple Castle Records, Plans Cmtee Min Book 1.6., 23.7.1901: 1901-; Lamplugh L: Barnstaple: 1983-: 134).

Unknown, 22/07/1901, Unknown (Article in Serial). SDV71657.

Post Office site, Cross Street. Late 16th century timber framing exposed during demolition of buildings prior to erection of new Post Office in 1901.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319631Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2003. Barnstaple Castle Car Park Scheme: Phase 1: Archaeological Assessment. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.62. A4 Stapled + Digital. 23.
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).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82874 ]
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. BMBS Mapping Area 360.
SDV71657Article in Serial: Unknown. 22/07/1901. Unknown. Bideford Gazette. Newspaper/Magazine Cuttin.

Associated Monuments

MDV70648Related to: 9 Cross Street, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV20768Related to: Rackfield Tannery, Barnstaple (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1378 - Barnstaple Castle Car Park Scheme Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:Oct 3 2013 12:21PM