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HER Number:MDV38924
Name:26 and 27 Bear Street, Barnstaple


26 and 27 Bear Street were originally built as a seed and wool stores in the late 19th century. Constructed of cream-coloured brick with stone dressings under slated roofs with crested red ridge tiles and a finial. The chimneys have decorative pots. The narrower middle bay between 26 and 27 has a cart entrance, the keystone over the archway is carved with a rams head.


Grid Reference:SS 561 333
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/478

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STOREHOUSE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, BHBS Mapping Area 1244 (Un-published). SDV351581.

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

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

26 and 27 Bear Street. Shop, house and business premises, originally built as seed and wool stores for W & J Hutchings. Late C19. Cream-coloured brick with stone dressings. Slated roofs with crested red ridge-tiles and a finial. Chimney of matching brick on each side wall on front range, both with decorated pots. Plan consists of house at the front with cart entrance in centre of ground storey, leading to long narrow courtyard at the back with warehouses and offices on all 3 sides. Shop has been inserted on right-hand side of frontage. 2 storeys with garret. 3-bay front with brick pilasters flanking and separating the bays. Left-hand bay, with dormer gable at the top, has 2-light window with curved stone lintel in each of ground and 2nd storeys, the lights separated by a stone column with carved capital. Narrower middle bay has cart entrance with segmental brick arch and keystone carved with a ram's head; double plank doors with open panels of wrought-iron scrollwork at the top. Window with segmental brick arch and keystone in upper storey. Right-hand bay has doorway with segmental brick arch and keystone to left; C20 shop window to right. In upper storey 3 windows with segmental brick arches and keystones. Above the middle and right-hand bays a stone cornice and brick parapet, the former supported by brackets reminiscent of machicolations. The courtyard buildings are similar in character and apparently in their original state. At the far end of the left-hand side is a building with large, sliding wooden doors in ground storey and an upper storey fronted with wooden louvres. The building is a remarkably complete example of combined dwelling and commercial premises in late C19.

Pink, F., 2014, Devon Extensive Urban Survey Project. Rapid Assessment of Archaeological Interventions, 1 (Report - non-specific). SDV357343.

Medieval or early post-medieval garden soils and a number of pits were exposed during an evaluation at 26 Bear Street.

Allan, J. + Griffiths, N. + Mills, A., 2020, Some Recent Finds of North Devon Pottery, 236; Appendix 4 (Article in Serial). SDV364780.

Evaluation trenches excavated by Exeter Archaeology at 26 Bear Street in 2009 recovered 48 sherds from 13+ vessels of North Devon Medieval Coarseware, and 111 post-medieval sherds (total 3.498 kg).

Department of Environment, 29/09/1988, Barnstaple Re-Survey (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV59491.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #90069 ]
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. BHBS Mapping Area 1244.
SDV357343Report - non-specific: Pink, F.. 2014. Devon Extensive Urban Survey Project. Rapid Assessment of Archaeological Interventions. AC Archaeology Report. ACD473/1/1. Digital. 1.
SDV364780Article in Serial: Allan, J. + Griffiths, N. + Mills, A.. 2020. Some Recent Finds of North Devon Pottery. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 78. Paperback Volume. 236; Appendix 4.
SDV59491List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 29/09/1988. Barnstaple Re-Survey. A4 Unbound.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 21 2022 2:56PM