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HER Number:MDV24470
Name:National School now Tiverton Museum, St Andrew's Street, Tiverton


Former National School, now Tiverton Museum. Used as parish rooms for St George's Church for part of 20th century.


Grid Reference:SS 954 123
Map Sheet:SS91SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTiverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTIVERTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS91SE/209
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 485355

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SCHOOL (XIX - 1841 AD to 1844 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, Tiverton Museum (Ground Photograph). SDV349111.

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

'School' shown, with girls wing to north, boys wing to south, and infants to rear of centre on east side of courtyard.

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

'Parish Room' shown.

Department of Environment, 1972, Tiverton, 40 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV52494.

St. George's Church Rooms, St. Andrew's Street.1841, gabled stone block. Architect, Mr Hayward.

Giles, D. D. + Strong, P. J., 1984, The Blue Coat School, Tiverton, 95 (Article in Serial). SDV339397.

The National School, St. Andrew's Street, was one of several schools providing elementary education in Tiverton in 1877.

Mid Devon District Council, 1995, Tiverton Conservation Area Partnership Scheme. Preliminary Application, 8 (Un-published). SDV346055.

A key building in St. Andrew's Street is the stone built museum, formerly a school built in 1844 set in an attractive cobbled forecourt, although lacking its railings.

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

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

National School. 1844. Snecked local purple stone with a cream stone used for dressings. Natural slate roof with some cast-iron rain water goods remaining. Tudor style. Plan: some rearrangement from original plan in order to accommodate Museum's layout. Probably originally large classrooms in outer wings and teachers accommodation in centre. New block to rear. Axial chimney stacks. Exterior: two storeys with five-bay front; Ends of outer crosswings broken forward and gabled to front with kneelers and coping. Centrally positioned plank doors in first, third and fifth bays with arched hoodmoulds and carved label stops. Stone plaques with `Girls' over first bay door and `Boys' over third. First and fifth bays each have three-light moulded stone three-light windows with transoms and mullions at first-floor level. Centre bay at first-floor level has gabled half dormer with coped gable and kneelers and two-light mullioned window. Rest of front elevation has two- or three-light mullion windows with hollow chamfers. All have glazing bars. Attractive pitched stone yard at front with low wall to street. Interior: as part of the internal reorganization for the Museum, a stair dating from 1749 from Bampton House has been incorporated. History: John Hayward of Exeter was the leading local practioner of Gothic Revival church building in the County of Devon from the 1840s to the 1860s.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336668Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339397Article in Serial: Giles, D. D. + Strong, P. J.. 1984. The Blue Coat School, Tiverton. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 116. A5 Paperback. 95.
SDV346055Un-published: Mid Devon District Council. 1995. Tiverton Conservation Area Partnership Scheme. Preliminary Application. Mid Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #84643 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV349111Ground Photograph: Unknown. Tiverton Museum. Unknown. Photograph (Paper).
SDV52494List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Tiverton. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 40.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 19 2015 11:30AM