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HER Number:MDV7263
Name:Former Market House


Former market house shown on late 16th century plan as a new building, single storey, with five stone pillars. Replaced by The Shambles in the late 18th century.


Grid Reference:SX 734 443
Map Sheet:SX74SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingsbridge
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSBRIDGE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX74SW/29

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MARKET HOUSE (XVI - 1586 AD to 1586 AD (Between))

Full description

Plan of Kingsbridge 1586 (Ground Photograph). SDV348757.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX74SW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV348754.

Site visit on 16th December 1952. No further information was obtained. The approximate site has been taken from the description.

Dymond, R., 1877, Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke., 150 (Article in Serial). SDV141016.

Chepe House. In the possession of the feoffees of the parish lands there is a curious view of the central part of the town dated 1586. In the middle of the street, opposite the church stood the timber built exchange or market house, then called The Chepe House. It was taken down in 1796.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 419 (Monograph). SDV17562.

Department of Environment, 1972, Kingsbridge, 20 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV141018.

Timms, S. C., 1980, Historic Towns of Devon, 104 (Article in Monograph). SDV348732.

Timms, S. C., 1982, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV348756.

The 1586 plan was copied by G. P. Harris in 1799 and published in The Gentlemans' Magazine. This drawing shows the Cheape House as a long two-storey building in the centre of the street opposite the church. The building is supported by ten piers and is largely open-sided on the ground floor. The pillory is shown to the south and the new market building (SX74SW/53) on west side of Fore Street in front of the church.

Born, A. + Tanner, K., 1986, Untitled Source, 17 (Monograph). SDV337657.

An early map painted on vellum in 1586 map inscribed 'The trewe platt of the newe byldyng, upon fyve pyllers of stone betwixt the Church styles of Kyngsbrydge' shows the single-storied corn market which was replaced in the late 18th century by the butcher's shambles which still stands.

Dick, A. M., 1996, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV348755.

The 1819 engraving of the 1586 map reproduced in Born and Tanner in fact shows a two-storey building.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV141016Article in Serial: Dymond, R.. 1877. Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke.. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 9. A5 Hardback. 150.
SDV141018List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Kingsbridge. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 20.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 419.
SDV337657Monograph: Born, A. + Tanner, K.. 1986. Kingsbridge, Devon. A5 Paperback. 17.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #100067 ]
SDV348732Article in Monograph: Timms, S. C.. 1980. Historic Towns of Devon. Archaeology of the Devon Landscape. Paperback Volume. 104.
SDV348754Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX74SW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV348755Personal Comment: Dick, A. M.. 1996.
SDV348756Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 1982.
SDV348757Ground Photograph: Plan of Kingsbridge 1586. Photograph (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV21804Related to: The Shambles (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 9 2012 3:05PM