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HER Number:MDV3931
Name:The Whitchurch Inn, formerly The Church House Inn


Inn with much modernised front, but a rectangular granite mullioned window and a staircase projection to rear. Most of east end recently rebuilt.


Grid Reference:SX 492 726
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHURCH HOUSE (Unknown to XIX)

Full description

Western Morning News, 19/12/1980, Landlord Unearths Medieval Oven (Article in Serial). SDV350154.

During 1980, building work uncovered a three foot high oven of granite with domed top in a six foot thick wall. The intention is to rebuild it in the churchyard wall.

Sheldon, L., 1937, Devon Inns, 386-7 (Article in Serial). SDV10197.

Formerly the Church House Inn, still church property. Tithes formerly collected here.

Copeland, G. W., 1960, Devonshire Church-Houses: Part 1, 140 (Article in Serial). SDV298102.

An inn, with a much modernised front. The rear abuts into the churchyard and here may be seen a rectangular granite mullioned window and a staircase projection. The roof is a restoration, as are other windows and doorways.

Copeland, G. W., 1964, Devonshire Church Houses: Part 5, Plate XIV (Article in Serial). SDV299096.

Waterhouse, R. E., 1991, The Church Houses of South Devon: an archaeological survey, 80 (Report - Survey). SDV7736.

The Whitchurch Inn. Facing main street and backing churchyard, to south of church. Building aligned east-west. Lateral internal stair at rear with small square window at top. Village stocks inscribed 1809 and attached to wall. Two chimneys, one large for kitchen on west end and one small modern stack on east. Three buttresses on rear, one modern. Most of east end recently rebuilt in sawn Tavistock stone. Possible Victorian scullery attached to west end; 19th century village hall adjoins. Lychgate attached on east end. Constructed of granite and ironstone rubble. Modern slate roof over possibly old timber substructure. Carved slate nameplate on south wall facing road. Probably executed by local monumental mason in the mid 19th century. Two granite datestones, either side of path to church porch, both bearing legend: IM1613.

Tavistock and District Local History Society, 2002, Whitchuch Parish. A short History of a Devon Parish, 44, 63, fig (Monograph). SDV363278.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV10197Article in Serial: Sheldon, L.. 1937. Devon Inns. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A5 Hardback. 386-7.
SDV298102Article in Serial: Copeland, G. W.. 1960. Devonshire Church-Houses: Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 92. A5 Hardback. 140.
SDV299096Article in Serial: Copeland, G. W.. 1964. Devonshire Church Houses: Part 5. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. A5 Paperback. Plate XIV.
SDV350154Article in Serial: Western Morning News. 19/12/1980. Landlord Unearths Medieval Oven. Western Morning News. Cutting + Digital.
SDV7736Report - Survey: Waterhouse, R. E.. 1991. The Church Houses of South Devon: an archaeological survey. A4 Stapled + Digital. 80.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV2973 - The Church Houses of South Devon: an archaeological survey

Date Last Edited:Jan 10 2023 8:52AM