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HER Number:MDV24855
Name:The Butterwalk, 6 to 12 Duke Street, Dartmouth


A very important group of four houses (originally a fifth at the east end), with fine timber fronts carried over the pavement on piers, two dated 1635 and 1640. Seriously damaged by a blast in 1943, repaired and reinstated 1954.


Grid Reference:SX 877 514
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishST.SAVIOURS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/122
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TERRACE (Built, XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'The Butterwalk' shown.

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

The Butterwalk, a very important group. There was originally a 5th house at the east end. Fine timber fronts carried over the pavement on piers dated 1635 number 10, and 1640 number 6. It is said that some internal evidence suggests an earlier date for the backs, but this is unlikely in view of the date at which the land was reclaimed. Seriously damaged by blast in 1943, repaired and reinstated 1954. Three storey and attics, two centre gables, overhanging at 2nd floor with bressumer enrichmant. Exposed timber framing at 1st floor. Shops at back of ground floor loggia restored with glazing bars. Number 6, three flush frame sash windows at 1st and 2nd floors, with glazing bars, slate-hung 2nd floor. Interior: early 17th century panelling, chimney piece and ceiling. Circular newel staircase. Charles II said to have held court here. Number 8, one window at each floor, flush frame, with glazing bars. Slate hung top floors. Number 10, canted multi-light casement at 1st floor on carved brackets, two 2nd floor oriels on carved brackets. Two fine carved brackets at eaves. 17th century panelled entrance door. 17th century interior panelling and stone fireplaces. Number 12, 18th century eaves cornice. Carved bracket to 2nd floor overhang. Interior: includes 1st floor "Tree of Jesse" ceiling and 17th century stone fireplace recently exposed.

Devon County Council, 1975, Dartmouth - Walk about in the Conservation Area & Exploring Dartmouth and Kingswear, 35, 37 (Article in Monograph). SDV352452.

Cawthorne, R., 1978, Dartmouth Museum: The Butterwalk (Leaflet). SDV341417.

The name 'Butterwalk' originated in 1782 when farmers' wives sold their butter, eggs and cream in the shade of the colonnade. In 1943 the Butterwalk suffered severe blast damage from an enemy bomb. It was restored after the war and No 6 was set up as a museum

Lidstone, W. E., 1982, Flavel Memorial United Reformed Church 1662-1980 (Pamphlet). SDV172558.

Devon County Council, 1983, Dartmouth: Butterwalk and Nos 12, 10, 8 + 6 Duke Street, 606/30 (Ground Photograph). SDV341416.

Impett, R. M., 1989, Dartmouth (Ground Photograph). SDV339567.

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

The area of The Butterwalk was banked up in 1634, and construction of the buildings began in 1635. The Butterwalk was badly damaged in an air raid, in 1943.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 2007, SX85SE 25 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV339576.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV155627List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Dartmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 17.
SDV172558Pamphlet: Lidstone, W. E.. 1982. Flavel Memorial United Reformed Church 1662-1980. Unknown.
SDV319967Report - Assessment: Stephenson, G.. 2001. Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project 4995. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339567Ground Photograph: Impett, R. M.. 1989. Dartmouth. Impett Slide Collection. Slide.
SDV339576Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 2007. SX85SE 25. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV341416Ground Photograph: Devon County Council. 1983. Dartmouth: Butterwalk and Nos 12, 10, 8 + 6 Duke Street. DCC Conservation Section Photo Collection. Photograph (Paper). 606/30.
SDV341417Leaflet: Cawthorne, R.. 1978. Dartmouth Museum: The Butterwalk. Leaflet.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84858 ]
SDV352452Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Dartmouth - Walk about in the Conservation Area & Exploring Dartmouth and Kingswear. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 35, 37.

Associated Monuments

MDV8544Parent of: 10 The Butterwalk, Duke Street, Dartmouth (Building)
MDV8545Parent of: 12 Duke Street, The Butterwalk, Dartmouth (Building)
MDV74715Parent of: 6 Duke Street in The Butterwalk, Dartmouth (Building)
MDV74714Parent of: 8 Duke Street in The Butterwalk, Dartmouth (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 21 2014 12:16PM