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HER Number:MDV74736
Name:1 Lower Street, Dartmouth


Merchant's house, the front block and gallery of a 17th century gallery-and-back-block house, now a shop with offices over. The first-floor gallery connecting the front block to the rear block, across a former courtyard, is now infilled and part of the shop.


Grid Reference:SX 878 512
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishST.SAVIOURS

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 387277

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVII to XX - 1601 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

Map object based on this source.

Department of National Heritage, 1994, Dartmouth (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV157498.

Merchant's house, now shop with offices over. Probably first half of the 17th century, with 19th and 20th century modernisations. Mixed construction; stone rubble southern party wall, other walls are plastered timber-framing; stack with 19th century brick chimneyshaft; slate roof. Plan: It is the front block and gallery of a 17th century gallery-and-back-block house. First-floor gallery connecting front block to the rear block, now No.1 Mansion House Street across a former courtyard, now infilled and part of the shop. Former front block cleared for shop at ground-floor level but probably original 2-room plan survives on the upper floors with newel stair between them on the left side. Exterior: 3 storeys with attics; one-window front, with window to curving front corner and irregular 2 window front onto Mansion House Street. Walls are plastered and lightly blocked out as ashlar. Only the stair window with its early 20th century stained glass and dormer above with casement with glazing bars are earlier than circa 1989 when other windows replaced with UPVC windows without glazing bars. Ground floor has altered 19th century timber shop front which returns one bay down Mansion House Street behind the recessed doorway which now contains a 20th century door. Plain eaves. Roof is hipped to the front and gable-ended to rear. Gallery behind is weather-boarded and now sits above the flat-roofed infill of the courtyard which contains a 20th century door giving access to the offices. Interior: Largely shows the result of the 19th and 20th century modernisations. Ground floor has been cleared of all partitions for the present shop. The beams are boxed in although a short section of a 17th century beam with multiple mouldings is exposed at the foot of the 20th century stair from ground- to first-floor level. 17th century newel stair above rising round a mast-like pine newel post. No other early carpentry or joinery is exposed and the fireplaces are blocked by 19th and 20th century grates. Roof not inspected. A rare surviving example of a gallery-and-back-block house with its original gallery.

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

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV157498List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of National Heritage. 1994. Dartmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV23695Related to: 1 Mansion House Street, Dartmouth (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 12 2013 3:52PM