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HER Number:MDV23669
Name:1 Duke Street, Dartmouth


Merchant's house, now a shop with flats above, 17th century with 19th and 20th century alterations. Four storeys, one-window range, the ends of the stone side walls corbel out to carry the jettied upper storeys.


Grid Reference:SX 877 513
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishST.SAVIOURS

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/121
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 387228

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVI to XX - 1501 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1972, Dartmouth, 17 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV155627.

Duke Street (South side) No 1, No 3 (Steam Packet Inn). 16th or early 17th century houses, No 1 with hipped gable, No 3 gable with barge board. Stone party wall with splayed corbels to overhangs. No 1, 3-light sash window to upper 3 floors. Rendered and limewashed. Overhangs at 1st and 2nd floors. No 3, plastered and whitened wood canted splay bay at 1st floor, 2nd and 3rd floor with flush frame sash windows now with centre glazing bars only. Shop fronts, ground floor, entrances each side with fanlights. Interior: cased beams.

Stephenson, G., 2001, Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth (Report - Assessment). SDV319967.

Ordnance Survey, 2008, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV340009.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Formerly Listed as: Duke Street (South side) 1 and 3 Steam Packet Inn. Merchant's house, now a shop with flats above. Probably 1639, built on land leased to Edward Spurway, with various 19th and 20th century modernisations. Mixed construction; thick local stone rubble side walls with plastered timber-framed front and back walls; original stack in left party wall and secondary stack in right wall have 19th century brick chimneyshafts with pots; slate roof. Plan: End onto the street with a one-room plan. Exterior: 4 storeys; one-window range. The ends of the stone side walls corbel out to carry the jettied upper storeys; the right one contains a stone plaque at first-floor level with worn or obscured inscription. Ground floor has modernised 19th century timber shop front, central window and corner posts to recessed doorway near left end which contains a bottom-panelled glazed door under narrow plain overlight. House has separate recessed doorway to right, with 20th century part-glazed door under an overlight grille. Upper floors contain tripartite sashes with central horned 4-pane sashes. Half hipped roof. Interior: Mostly the result of 19th and 20th century modernisation. Ground floor has been cleared of any partitions and rear wall knocked through to connect with No.3 Duke Street and No.12 The Quay. 17th century carpentry and other features probably survive behind the 19th and 20th century plaster. History: This is one of a group of merchants' houses built on reclaimed land in a Town Corporation-backed scheme to reclaim land for housing and expand the port facilities with the New Quay. This began in 1585, and by the second phase, in the 1630s, this was the most fashionable part of the town, and the surviving 17th century houses are amongst the best merchants' houses of their period in Devon and bear comparison with any in England. They dominate the scale and appearance of the area and influenced the style of many of the later buildings in their vicinity. (Freeman, Ray: Dartmouth and its Neighbours: Phillimore: 1990-: p76-83).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV155627List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Dartmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 17.
SDV319967Report - Assessment: Stephenson, G.. 2001. Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project 4995. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV340009Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2008. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84125 ]
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV74713Related to: 3 Duke Street, Dartmouth (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 11 2013 11:48AM