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HER Number:MDV20748
Name:Tudor House, 49 Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot


49 Wolborough Street dates to the 16th century and was probably built as a wing of a larger house. A shop front was inserted in the 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 856 711
Map Sheet:SX87SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
Ecclesiastical ParishWOLBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SE/140
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 464587

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVI to XIX - 1501 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

Devon County Council, 1975, Newton Abbot Town Trails, 57 (Article in Monograph). SDV352459.

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 138 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

Laithwaite, M., 1978, Town Houses up to 1700 (Article in Monograph). SDV338241.

49, Wolborough Street (Tudor House). Two-storey gable-end house of possible mid-16th century date. Early fireplaces on each floor Rear extension. Other details: Plan.

Alcock, N. W., 1981, Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue, 110 (Report - non-specific). SDV342504.

Jointed cruck recorded.

Dudley, E. R., 1982, 49 Wolborough Street (Worksheet). SDV349222.

Recorded features include beams with ovolo moulding and stop chamfers, stone arched doorway (at rear), newel staircase, plasterwork and jointed cruck roof. Other details: Contact photo.

Department of Environment, 1983, Newton Abbot, 40 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV298253.

16th century refaced in 19th century. Inscription "Circa 1520" on front.

Exeter Archaeology, 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Redevelopment at Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV310051.

Oakey, N. J., 2004, Bradley Lane, Newton Abbot: Desk Based Assessment, 20 (Report - Assessment). SDV338211.

Gent, T. H. + Leverett, M., 2007, Archaeological Assessment of the Proposed Redevelopment at Wolborough Street, Bank Street and East Street, Newton Abbot, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV338207.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Tudor House, 49 Wolborough Street. House, probably formerly a wing of a larger house. Late 16th century, rendered and a shop front inserted 19th century. MATERIALS: painted render to the front, over cob and rubble; unpainted render and limestone rubble to the right return. Slate roof with 2 external rubblestone stacks to the right return, that toward the front is large and offset to the lower part, and a brick stack to the left. PLAN: right-angle plan, gable-end to street, with lateral stacks, that to right adjoining stair projection; rear wing truncated in 19th century, with cob walls exposed in yard. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; one-window range to gable. 19th century two-light 3-pane casement window to the left of the first floor, 19th century shop front below with fascia and cornice over a 20th century door to the left and a window of 2 rows of 4 panes to the right. 19th century casement windows to the right return. INTERIOR: ground floor bays are divided by moulded crossbeams; joists are stop-chamfered; a former open fire to the right-hand wall has exposed rough red sandstone voussoirs of a relieving arch and part of an oak lintel. To the left of the fire is a low semicircular arched rebated doorway with a pegged arched lintel to a stone newel staircase. In the rear wall is a similar doorcase with a door (possibly repositioned) of two wide planks, formerly hung from the left, now with 20th century strap hinges to the right which leads to 19th century rear room. The upper room of 3 bays has jointed crucks to the trusses, some exposed timber-framing with pegged vertical studs to the front gable; an oak lintel to a fireplace in the left-hand wall is supported by stone corbels, in the plaster below that to the right are faint traces of lozenge-pattern decoration. To the rear wall and at the top of the stairs are semicircular-arched doorways similar to those on the ground floor, that to the rear is not rebated. To the left of the stairs the wallplate has been cut away and a 19th century 2-storey bay inserted. Over the doors and the fireplace are plaster motifs of scrolls and formalised flowers and leaves; traces of an ornamental plaster frieze approx 10 centimetre deep remains over the doors, it rises like a hoodmould over the rear door. An interesting late 16th century house, with some good internal detail to the upper room which suggests that it was part of (and probably the chamber or parlour wing to) a greater house. Date listed: 22nd March 1983.

Adams, A., 2015, Sgraffito-Decorated and Painted Plaster on Devon Fireplaces, 166; Fig 7.18 (Article in Monograph). SDV365384.

Compass-drawn circles were used on a fireplace to frame a “daisy” pattern, where the resulting spaces take a form resembling Maltese crosses.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV298253List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1983. Newton Abbot. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 40.
SDV310051Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Redevelopment at Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot. Exeter Archaeology. 01.07. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV338207Report - Assessment: Gent, T. H. + Leverett, M.. 2007. Archaeological Assessment of the Proposed Redevelopment at Wolborough Street, Bank Street and East Street, Newton Abbot. Exeter Archaeology. 07.19. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV338211Report - Assessment: Oakey, N. J.. 2004. Bradley Lane, Newton Abbot: Desk Based Assessment. Archaeological Investigations Ltd. 646. A4 Stapled + Digital. 20.
SDV338241Article in Monograph: Laithwaite, M.. 1978. Town Houses up to 1700. Devon's Traditional Buildings. Unknown.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 138.
SDV342504Report - non-specific: Alcock, N. W.. 1981. Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. 42. Photocopy. 110.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV349222Worksheet: Dudley, E. R.. 1982. 49 Wolborough Street. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV352459Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Newton Abbot Town Trails. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 57.
SDV365384Article in Monograph: Adams, A.. 2015. Sgraffito-Decorated and Painted Plaster on Devon Fireplaces. West Country Households 1500-1700. Hardback Volume. 166; Fig 7.18.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4206 - Bradley Lane Assessment
  • EDV4214 - Wolborough Street, Bank Street & East Street, Newton Abbot

Date Last Edited:Mar 23 2023 1:56PM