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HER Number:MDV74747
Name:13 The Quay, Dartmouth


Merchant's house, now a shop with flats above, probably 1639 with later modernisations. Three storeys with attics built end onto the Quay, superficially late 19th century, but 17th century structure indicated by jettied upper floors.


Grid Reference:SX 877 513
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishST.SAVIOURS

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 387370

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Department of Environment, 1972, Dartmouth, 34 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV155627.

Stephenson, G., 2001, Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth (Report - Assessment). SDV319967.

Ordnance Survey, 2008, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV340009.

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

13 The Quay (formerly Listed as: Nos 12 and 13 The Quay). Merchant's house, now a shop with flats above. Probably 1639 on land leased to Edward Spurway, with later 17th, 19th and 20th century modernisations. Mixed construction; thick party walls of local stone rubble, exposed walls of plastered timber-framing; stone rubble stack with 19th century brick chimneyshaft; slate roof. Plan: Built end onto The Quay with right (north) side wall onto Duke Street. One-room plan with stairway to rear. Stack in left party wall shared with No.12. The 17th century house had main entrance from Duke Street behind the shop. Exterior: 3 storeys with attics; one-window range. Superficially it is late 19th century, but 17th century structure indicated by jettied upper floors. End of the stone party wall, the left side wall, corbels out to carry the jetties. It is plastered but a hoodmould just below the corbelling for the second-floor jetty indicates the survival of a date plaque. Ground floor has a 20th century shop front which returns onto Duke Street with a canted corner (upper structure supported by an iron column). Recessed front doorway contains good bottom-panelled glazed door with large oval of glazing bars. 20th century windows above, all 3-lights, casements to the first floor and sashes without glazing bars above. Second-floor jetty carried on a series of large shaped timber brackets and bottom corner of the bressummer carved with an unusual version of bead-and-reel, early for 1639. Plain tall gable. Duke Street return contains 20th century windows without glazing bars. Interior: All carpentry hidden behind 19th and 20th century plaster and fireplaces blocked but, apart from the first-floor structure, the 17th century house is probably well-preserved. Late 17th century stair from first to second floor has closed string, panelled square newel posts, moulded flat handrail and large turned balusters. First-floor landing also has a late 17th century timber segmental arch with keystone through the party wall connecting with No.12. Second floor not available for inspection, but in the attic the bottoms of the principals of probably original 3-bay roof structure shows. History: Corner house, probably built as right-hand house of a pair with No.12. This is one of a group of merchants' houses built on reclaimed land in a Town Corporation-backed scheme to reclaim land for housing and expand the port facilities with the New Quay. This began in 1585, and by the second phase, in the 1630s, this was the most fashionable part of the town, and the surviving 17th century houses here are amongst the best merchants' houses of their period in Devon. (Freeman, Ray: Dartmouth and its Neighbours: Phillimore: 1990-: p76-83).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV155627List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Dartmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 34.
SDV319967Report - Assessment: Stephenson, G.. 2001. Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project 4995. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV340009Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2008. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Digital. [Mapped feature: #101971 ]
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV23711Related to: 12 The Quay, Dartmouth (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 12 2013 9:00AM