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HER Number:MDV22989
Name:Old Post Office, 6 Bank Street, Newton Abbot


Italianate style building dated circa 1860-1870. Formerly a post office.


Grid Reference:SX 858 712
Map Sheet:SX87SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
Ecclesiastical ParishWOLBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SE/180
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BANK (FINANCIAL) (Built, XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, Towns 1855-95 1:500 (Cartographic). SDV348147.

Bank marked.

Ordnance Survey, 1930 - 1939, Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV336668.

Building marked as Post Office.

Devon County Council, 1975, Newton Abbot Town Trails, 58 (Article in Monograph). SDV352459.

Department of Environment, 1983, Newton Abbot, 2 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV298253.

No 6, Bank Street (old Post Office). Mid 19th century Italianate style. Three storeys painted brick with stuccoed dressings. Parapet. One round-headed dormer with carved pediment. Pilasters. Rusticated ground floor. Four sashes, many having pediments or brackets. Ground floor has tall round-headed doorcase and elliptical window.

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, Fig. 3 (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.

Old Post Office, 6 Bank Street. Post office, now a bookshop. Circa 1860-1870. Painted brick and stucco, slate roof with modillion cornices to stacks at gable ends. STYLE: Italianate. PLAN: double-depth. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attic; symmetrical 4-window, 3-bay, range. The terminal bays step slightly forward and a rich modillion cornice follows the contours of the façade which is articulated by pilasters banded to the lower floors and panelled to the second floor. A central segmental-arched pediment over a semicircular-arched attic window is incorporated into the parapet. Horizontal glazing bars to paired 2/2-pane semicircular-arched sash windows with moulded archivolts, keystones and imposts to the centre of the second floor, similar windows to the terminal ranges have cornices on consoles. Segmental-arched first-floor windows have similar glazing and triangular pediments flanking the paired central windows which share one segmental-arched pediment. The upper floors have bracketed sill string courses. A panelled granite plinth with banded rustication to the ground floor; 20th century doors under stilted semicircular arches flank a wide segmental arch over the shop window; all have rusticated voussoirs. INTERIOR: not inspected. A good example of the more richly ornamented Italianate style adopted for commercial buildings in the period. Date listed: 6th June 1972.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV298253List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1983. Newton Abbot. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 2.
SDV310051Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Redevelopment at Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot. Exeter Archaeology. 01.07. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV336668Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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, Fig. 3.
SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV352459Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Newton Abbot Town Trails. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 58.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4206 - Bradley Lane Assessment
  • EDV4214 - Wolborough Street, Bank Street & East Street, Newton Abbot
  • EDV756 - Wolborough Street Redevelopment

Date Last Edited:Nov 21 2014 8:22AM