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HER Number:MDV20694
Name:North Devon Infirmary, Litchdon Street, Barnstaple


Site of the North Devon Infirmary which was founded in 1825. It closed in 1979 and was demolished in the 1980s in advance of residential development.


Grid Reference:SS 561 327
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit Site Code: ND113
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/246

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOSPITAL (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Vanstone, A., 01/03/1988, Infirmary (Worksheet). SDV357355.

The infirmary no longer exists. The whole of this Victorian building was demolished circa 1980 when the new North Devon Hospital at Pilton opened. The site is now deserted and looks set for redevelopment.

Andrews, G., 09/06/1983, Going…A Landmark Since 1825 (Article in Serial). SDV350965.

The old North Devon Infirmary, made redundant by the opening of the modern North Devon District Hospital in 1979, currently under demolition. Founded in 1826 the hospital survived on public subscriptions, church collections, gifts in kind etc, including, in 1946, a gift from the Royal family. A sealed glass bottle containing an inscription and coins of George IV was placed under the foundation stone which was laid on 5th January 1825 by the Earl of Fortescue, the hospitals chief contributor. It is hoped that the bottle will be found during the course of the demolition.

Unknown, 09/06/1983, Unknown, 29 (Article in Serial). SDV71610.

The North Devon Infirmary in Litchdon Street was founded in 1825. It closed in 1979 and was demolished in 1983 in advance of residential development.

Gribble, J. B., 1830, Barnstaple (Cartographic). SDV357319.

Infirmary marked on the map of Barnstaple in Gribble's Memorials of Barnstaple.

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

Infirmary depicted.

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

Map shows the North Devon Infirmary on the corner of Litchdon Street and Barbican Terrace, comprising a large irregular shaped building with steps up to the entrance standing within its own grounds. Additional ranges of buildings are shown along the east and north sides of the grounds.

North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit, 1991, North Devon Archaeological Site Code Index, Site Code ND113 (Report - non-specific). SDV63429.

Demoliton of hospital, formerly a workhouse, in Litchdon Street monitored in 1986.

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, Mapping Area 102 (Un-published). SDV351581.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82875 ]
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV350965Article in Serial: Andrews, G.. 09/06/1983. Going…A Landmark Since 1825. North Devon Journal Herald. Newspaper/Magazine Cutting + Digital.
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. Mapping Area 102.
SDV357319Cartographic: Gribble, J. B.. 1830. Barnstaple. Frontispiece to Memorials of Barnstaple. a4 single Sheet + Digital.
SDV357355Worksheet: Vanstone, A.. 01/03/1988. Infirmary. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV63429Report - non-specific: North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit. 1991. North Devon Archaeological Site Code Index. North Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. Site Code ND113.
SDV71610Article in Serial: Unknown. 09/06/1983. Unknown. North Devon Journal - Herald. Newspaper/Magazine Cuttin. 29.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 7 2014 2:18PM