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HER Number:MDV22317
Name:53 and 53a High Street, Totnes


Merchant's house built in the 16th or 17th century as a merchant's house


Grid Reference:SX 800 604
Map Sheet:SX86SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTotnes
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOTNES

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86SW/121
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 427052

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (Built, XV to XVII - 1500 AD (Between) to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1978, Totnes, 54 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV342722.

Alcock, N. W., 1981, Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue, 113 (Report - non-specific). SDV342504.

53, High Street in Totnes. The rear has a short upper jointed cruck recorded.

Green, T., 2008, North Gate Lodge, Castle Street, Totnes: Results of an Archaeological Desk-Based Study, 25 (Report - Assessment). SDV342884.

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

Historic England, 2023, National Heritage List for England, 1264729 (National Heritage List for England). SDV365228.

53 and 53A High Street. C16 or C17 merchant's house of "deux corps de batiments" type, remodelled later C18 with modern alterations, but retaining former kitchen block now forming part of ruin house. Welsh slate roof with rendered stacks. Gabled, timber-framed front with moulded strings to 2nd floor and attic. Slate-hung. Mid C19 sash windows, 1st floor with strings broken forward to form cornices. Ground floor loggia over pavement with ashlar piers on quoins and modern wooden pillars between carrying entablature. Interior with later C18 staircase to upper floors with closed string, turned balusters and square newels. Rear 1st floor room with C18 mantle to chimneypiece.
Date first listed: 7th January 1952

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342504Report - non-specific: Alcock, N. W.. 1981. Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. 42. Photocopy. 113.
SDV342722List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1978. Totnes. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 54.
SDV342884Report - Assessment: Green, T.. 2008. North Gate Lodge, Castle Street, Totnes: Results of an Archaeological Desk-Based Study. Southwest Archaeology Report. 060915. A4 Stapled + Digital. 25.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #83400 ]
SDV365228National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2023. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1264729.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4545 - Assessment of Northgate Lodge, Castle Street, Totnes

Date Last Edited:Oct 21 2023 1:13PM