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HER Number:MDV2205
Name:Church House, Ilfracombe


Site of the old workhouse which stood at the top of the church steps, slightly above the building used as a workmen's club. The building was originally a church house and was turned into a workhouse in 1736.


Grid Reference:SS 514 473
Map Sheet:SS54NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIlfracombe
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishILFRACOMBE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS54NW/4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHURCH HOUSE (Early Medieval to XVII - 1066 AD to 1700 AD (Between))
  • WORKHOUSE (Opened, XVIII - 1736 AD to 1736 AD)

Full description

1932/1938, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV76500.

The old poor-house used to stand at the top of the church steps, slightly above the site of the building now used as the workmen's club. Used at the beginning of the nineteenth century as a poor house. Description of the building printed in the north devon journal of 1855 when it was up for sale. In bad state of repair at that time. Upper floor used as a girl's schoolroom in connection with the church schools. At the other end were two or three cottages occupied by poor people. The building, originally a church house, was transformed into a workhouse in 1736. 'club' marked on os 6" (1932/1938) map (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV76501.

Copeland, g. W. /tda/96(1964)202-203/devonshire church houses, part 5.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV76502.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV76503.

Des=os 6" (1932/1938)4ne.

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Plot 282 is recorded as Old Workhouse on the Ilfracombe Tithe Apportionment.

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

Rectangular building depicted.

National Monument Record, 2017, Pastscape (Website). SDV359964.

University of Southampton, 2018, North Devon Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment, No. 346 (Interpretation). SDV361978.

Workmen's Club near former poor house is marked on third revision 1933, Ordnance Survey 25 inch map.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital. [Mapped feature: #116772 ]
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV359964Website: National Monument Record. 2017. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV361978Interpretation: University of Southampton. 2018. North Devon Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. RCZAS. Digital. No. 346.
SDV76500Migrated Record: 1932/1938.
SDV76501Migrated Record:
SDV76502Migrated Record:
SDV76503Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 5 2019 3:00PM