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HER Number:MDV65736
Name:Dolphin Inn, Castle Street


Former 17th century inn which became a private residence in the 19th century, and was demolished in the early 20th century when The Barnstaple Electricity Works was built.


Grid Reference:SS 556 331
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/635/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (XVII to XIX - 1601 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon Record Office, 1843, Plan of the Town of Barnstaple From Actual Survey. 1843 (Cartographic). SDV349116.

"White Lion" marked.

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

Ordnance Survey, 1973, SS5433-5533 (Cartographic). SDV77308.

'Electricity Depot' shown.

Exeter Archaeology, 2001, Archaeological Assessment and Building Recording at Commercial Road, Barnstaple, 6; figures 2-5 (Report - Assessment). SDV73888.

10 Castle Street formed the south-east end of the electricity works in 1903. The house can be traced from a lease of 1647 extending the reclamation. The property fronting Castle Street appears to have been an inn called the Dolphin in 1704, the Punch Bowle in 1763 and then the White Lion until the late 19th century when it became a private residence. The rear of the property comprised 'old and dilapidated' premises in Castle Street and a cottage at No 2 Commercial Road.

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, Mapping Area 650, 1299 (Un-published). SDV351581.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97927 ]
SDV349116Cartographic: Devon Record Office. 1843. Plan of the Town of Barnstaple From Actual Survey. 1843. Plan of the Town of Barnstaple From Actual Survey. 1843. Digital.
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. Mapping Area 650, 1299.
SDV73888Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2001. Archaeological Assessment and Building Recording at Commercial Road, Barnstaple. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.28. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6; figures 2-5.
SDV77308Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1973. SS5433-5533. 1:2500 Ordnance Survey Map. Map (Paper).

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 26 2013 12:28PM