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HER Number:MDV48287
Name:Sun Inn, Buckfastleigh


The Sun Inn dates to at least the mid-late 19th century, based on cartographic evidence, although the Tithe Map shows a earlier building here which may have served as a pub. Serves as a historic focal point for the town.


Grid Reference:SX 736 663
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckfastleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/198

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (XIX - 1840 AD to 1880 AD)

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

A building is shown on the Tithe Map at this location but it is not the same as the building shown on the later 19th century historic map and it is not clear whether the older building functioned as an Inn.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The late 19th century historic map shows a new building at this site and it is labelled as the 'Sun Inn'.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

The early 20th century historic map appears to show the buildings outline to have been adjusted slightly, but it is otherwise very similar to the First Edition map.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 115-116 (Monograph). SDV359976.

Date of construction is uncertain, although is thought to have been an inn for about 100 years. Was bought in 1929 for £2500 by the Heavitree Brewery and the interior has changed little since this time. There is a small lounge bar, games room and public bar that has a small exposed-stone fireplace. Many years ago, local farmers would hold meetings here, leaving their horses stabled at the rear of the building. Thought be haunted.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1997, Buckfastleigh Conservation Area Partnership Scheme (CAPS) photographs (Photograph). SDV365552.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2012, Buckfastleigh Conservation Area Appraisal, 29 (Report - Assessment). SDV357481.

Sun Inn: Unlisted
On the very edge of the Conservation Area where there has been substantial modern development, this building remains an historic focal point and as such has a townscape value much greater than its intrinsic architectural interest.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

The modern map shows the Inn has extended slightly to the south.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #93157 ]
SDV357481Report - Assessment: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2012. Buckfastleigh Conservation Area Appraisal. Dartmoor National Park Authority Report. Digital. 29.
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 115-116.
SDV365552Photograph: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1997. Buckfastleigh Conservation Area Partnership Scheme (CAPS) photographs. Photograph (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV43536Part of: The Higher Town, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV22929Related to: 9 and 10 Bridge Street, Buckfastleigh (Building)
MDV90582Related to: Garden walls to the south-east of the Old Vicarage, Silver Street, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV22931Related to: The Vicarage, Silver Street, Buckfastleigh (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8934 - Condition survey of Buckfastleigh Conservation Area

Date Last Edited:Jul 4 2023 1:49PM