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HER Number:MDV23387
Name:11 Union Road, Crediton


This fine early 18th century town house is an unusual survival in Crediton and probably pre-dates the fire of 1743. In spite of the commercial use of the ground floor, the plan and most of the fittings are intact.


Grid Reference:SS 833 002
Map Sheet:SS80SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCrediton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCREDITON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS80SW/75

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHOP (XVIII - 1701 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 619124 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV339017.

House. Ground floor now used as two shops. Circa 1730. Painted Flemish bond brick, tarred slate roof, rear lateral stacks with brick shafts (citing Department of Environment 1992).

Department of Environment, 1972, Urban District of Crediton, 11 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV39769.

Probably early 18th century altered, 2 storey 3 windows, brick front, painted new slates to roof of moderate pitch, sash windows with thick bars. Good doorway, with perhaps altered canopy, fluted Doric pilasters and patterned fanlight. Six-panel door with fielded upper panel. Nineteenth century wood shop front, left.

Mid Devon District Council, 2001, Crediton Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme, Figures 4- 5; plate 11 (Report - non-specific). SDV351389.

Photograph shows 11 Union Road, considered a visually prominent building, and one of several targetted for refurbishment in the first year of the regeneration scheme.

Mid Devon District Council, 2003, Crediton Conservation Area Appraisal, 2 (Report - non-specific). SDV345978.

WSP Environmental Ltd, 2005, Mill Street, Crediton: Archaeological Assessment, Appendix 1 (Report - Assessment). SDV338960.

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

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

11 Union Road in Crediton. House, the ground floor now used as 2 shops. Circa 1730. Painted Flemish bond brick; tarred slate roof; rear lateral stacks with brick shafts. Plan: single-depth main block, 3 rooms wide, with stairs behind central hall. Later 18th or early 19th century rear right lean-to provides an extra room first floor rear right, now used as a kitchen. Exterior: 2 storeys. 3-bay front, originally symmetrical. Timber doorcase with fluted Doric pilasters, these may pre-date the flat porch canopy on moulded brackets which sit awkwardly on the capitals. Original 6-panel door, the upper panels fielded with a pretty bead-moulded fanlight with decorated spoke glazing bars. Ground floor window right is an early 19th century 16-pane sash, lower sash replaced with plate glass. Late 19th century timber shop front to left with panelled pilasters with shaped gabled brackets and a moulded cornice; recessed central half-glazed door with flush lower panels and a glazed overlight; plate glass shop windows to left and right. 3 first floor original 18th century double-hung boxed sashes with thick glazing bars, some original glass and individual opening panes; centre window 12-pane, outer windows 16-pane. Interior: Very complete. The hall has plain panelling with original skirting, panelled doors and a timber moulded cornice. Dining room also panelled with panelled shutters. The parlour (now a barber's shop) is particularly fine; fully panelled with fielded and moulded panels. The panelling is now painted but the present owner stated that it is oak and was exposed when she purchased the house in the 1930s. The original timber chimney-piece (mantel-piece added later) is flanked by fluted Doric pilasters with an entablature and triglyph frieze with guttae and a delicate dentil frieze below the cornice. This is so similar to a chimney-piece in Pownes House (No 72, High Street) as to suggest the same designer. Fine original stair rises to a half landing and extends to the attic: open string, turned balusters, square newel posts, engaged balustrade against the wall and a flat-topped moulded handrail. The first floor rooms are plainer; small closet to centre has been enlarged. Second floor room left has a 19th century white marble chimney-piece. Basement kitchen and cellar said to be very unaltered. Roof: Pegged A-frames with lapped collars. One of the purlins has been cut through at the rear to accommodate an attic window. This fine early 18th century town house is an unusual survival in Crediton and probably pre-dates the fire of 1743. In spite of the commercial use of the ground floor, the plan and most of the fittings are intact.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338960Report - Assessment: WSP Environmental Ltd. 2005. Mill Street, Crediton: Archaeological Assessment. WSP Report. 12262065. A4 Stapled + Digital. Appendix 1.
SDV339017National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 619124. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV345978Report - non-specific: Mid Devon District Council. 2003. Crediton Conservation Area Appraisal. Mid Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #83886 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV351389Report - non-specific: Mid Devon District Council. 2001. Crediton Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme. Mid Devon District Council Report. A4 Grip Bound + Digital. Figures 4- 5; plate 11.
SDV39769List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Urban District of Crediton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 11.

Associated Monuments

MDV91825Part of: Dunn's School, 10-11 Union Road, Crediton (Building)
MDV13970Related to: Possible Underground Passages, Crediton (Monument)
MDV18838Related to: Underground Passage, Union Road (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4270 - Mill Street, Crediton

Date Last Edited:Jun 12 2013 10:57AM