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HER Number:MDV43063
Name:43 and 44 Newport Road, Barnstaple


Two adjoining houses, originally one dating to the mid 16th century with later alterations. It appears to have originally been a three room and through passage plan house. The hall end (No. 43) has been truncated and now abuts a late 19th century house. Considered to be an important historic building in the old centre of Newport.


Grid Reference:SS 567 322
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE
Ecclesiastical ParishBISHOPS TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/515
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVI to Post Medieval - 1501 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1973, Barnstaple, 41 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV89941.

Weddell, P. J., 1990, Archaeological Recording in the Medieval Borough of Newport, Barnstaple in 1983., 114 (Article in Serial). SDV77188.

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

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

43 and 44 Newport Road. 2 adjoining houses, originally one. Mid C16 with later alterations. Rendered mass wall construction; slate roof gabled at ends; front lateral stack with rendered shaft; cast-iron rainwater goods. Appears to be a 3-room-and-through-passage plan house, the hall, to the left (No.43) truncated (abuts a late C19 house) with inner room missing. It is possible that the house had an open hall. Stair now rises to rear of left-hand room (the hall). The lower end has one small unheated room in No.43, probably buttery and a larger room, probably the former kitchen in No.44 (inaccessible at time of survey). Asymmetrical 6-window range. No.43 has a front door to right of the lateral stack with a chamfered oak surround and canted ground-floor bay to its right with 12-pane sash in the centre and 8-pane in the side lights. Window and door are covered by a deep slate pentice. Small-pane window to left of stack. 3 first-floor 12-pane sashes. No.44 has a central front door with glazed panels and a pretty projecting porch hood. Ground-floor window right is a canted bay with projecting cornice, glazed with fixed windows with glazing bars. Other windows unfortunately reglazed with plastic windows. INTERIOR: No.43 inspected. Retains historic features of interest including plank and muntin screen to either side of the entrance passage with a third screen to the party wall with No.44. The left-hand partition is also thought to have been timber at one time. Fireplace with replaced lintel has some evidence of former bread oven; chamfered stopped cross beams. One probably reused door jamb on the first floor is marked with complex carpenters' marks. Roof construction has probable C16 trusses with steeply cambered collars and straight principal rafters, apex not seen. It is not clear whether the trusses are sooted or not. This is an important historic building in the old centre of Newport.

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: #91567 ]
SDV77188Article in Serial: Weddell, P. J.. 1990. Archaeological Recording in the Medieval Borough of Newport, Barnstaple in 1983.. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 114.
SDV89941List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1973. Barnstaple. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 41.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 5 2013 3:39PM