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HER Number:MDV24225
Name:20 Fore Street, Kingsbidge


Eighteenth century three storey building of narrow-coursed stone with two storey wing to right. Used as a Convent School then Grammar School in the early 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 734 442
Map Sheet:SX74SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingsbridge
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSBRIDGE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX74SW/98
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 99011

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Department of Environment, 1972, Kingsbridge, 13 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV141018.

Eighteenth century altered, three storey, narrow-coursed stone including voussoirs to flat arches of flush frame windows, now with modern casements, three at each upper floor. Two storey wing, right, with three-light sash window at first floor with Gothic panes at head and flat arch with key. Enriched wood eaves cornice. Machine tiles. Modern ground floor shops and entrances. Nos 4 to 32 (even) and Roman Catholic Church form a group.

Born, A. + Tanner, K., 1986, Untitled Source, 21 (Monograph). SDV337657.

Convent school run at 20 Fore Street by Sisters of St Thomas de Villanove from 1914 to 1921. It was then taken over by the Grammar School. In the basement, now a solicitors' store room, are a wall painting of the Madonna and Child and hooks labelled with the names of Grammar School boys.

Southwest Archaeology, 2006, 20 Fore Street, Kingsbridge: Results of Desk-Based Assessment and Visual Evaluation (Report - Assessment). SDV337656.

Kingsbridge was created as a market and a borough within the Manor of Churchstow by the Abbots of Buckfast in the 13th century. The layout of the town changed little until the 19th and 20th centuries. No 20 Fore Street was probably the town residence of the Abbot of Buckfast. The high status of the building is suggested by the remains of an elaborately decorated chapel and other features recorded in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The property passed to the Order of St Thomas of Villanova in the early 20th century who built a convent school to the rear. In 1921 the buildings were occupied by Kingsbridge Grammar School and then by the Town Council. The front part of the buildings then became shops with solicitors' offices to the rear.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV141018List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Kingsbridge. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 13.
SDV337656Report - Assessment: Southwest Archaeology. 2006. 20 Fore Street, Kingsbridge: Results of Desk-Based Assessment and Visual Evaluation. Southwest Archaeology Report. 061218. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV337657Monograph: Born, A. + Tanner, K.. 1986. Kingsbridge, Devon. A5 Paperback. 21.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #84472 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV73122Related to: Burgage Plot to the rear of 18-20 Fore Street (Monument)
MDV7270Related to: Residence of the Abbots of Buckfast (Monument)
MDV24253Related to: The Old Grammar School, now Cookworthy Museum (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4148 - Burgage Plot to the rear of 20 Fore Street, Kingsbridge

Date Last Edited:Jul 11 2012 12:50PM