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HER Number:MDV74931
Name:16 Smith Street, Dartmouth


Two small houses, now united as a single house, the Church Close end probably 16th or 17th century, the Smith Street end probably 18th century or earlier, with a ground-floor shop. Both are somewhat disguised by 19th and 20th century modernisations.


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): 387337

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVI to XX - 1501 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Allen, J., 2006, A Rapid Building Survey of No. 16 Smith Street, Dartmouth (Report - Survey). SDV343061.

The house is essentially an Elizabethan or early Stuart structure and appears to have infilled a space between two pre-existing houses. It consisted of a stack of three rooms, each with a fireplace, on the Smith Street frontage with a two-storeyed rear block. Evidence for a large fireplace in the ground floor room suggests that this was a kitchen before being converted to a bakery in the 19th century. The west wall still retains the remains of a large oven. The room above this was the largest in the house, originally open to the roof. The front range underwent major reconstruction in the 19th century when the first and second floor rooms were rebuilt. See report for full details.

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

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

Two small houses, now united as a single house. The Smith Street end one probably with a ground-floor shop originally. Date uncertain, the Church Close end looks 16th or 17th century and the Smith Street end is probably 18th century or earlier. Both are somewhat disguised by 19th and 20th century modernisations. Mixed construction; stone rubble side walls, but plastered front and back walls are mostly timber-framed; left end and rear lateral stacks with painted brick chimneyshafts with pots; slate roof. Plan: The Smith Street front block has a former ground-floor shop with a side passage on the left side; house above with one-room plan. Rear block projects at right angles back to Church Close, thought to have been a separate house formerly. Narrow courtyard along left side of the rear block filled by later lean-to. Exterior: Front block is 3 storeys and lower rear block is 4 storeys. Plastered plain 2-window front to Smith Street is superficially early 20th century; it is stone rubble at ground-floor level and timber-framed above. Left side passage doorway down a couple of steps contains a 20th century part-glazed door and the couple of low wide 20th century windows to right are thought to have replaced a former shop window. 20th century casements above. Plain eaves to parallel roof which is gable-ended and slate-hung to right. The Church Close front is also plain, plastered and contains 20th century windows (including a pair of horned 4-pane sashes) but the steep pitch of the gable suggests 16th or 17th century (maybe earlier) structure. Interior not inspected but likely to be of interest.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV343061Report - Survey: Allen, J.. 2006. A Rapid Building Survey of No. 16 Smith Street, Dartmouth. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.56. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #102153 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4550 - Rapid Building Survey of 16 Smith Street, Dartmouth

Date Last Edited:Mar 14 2013 4:45PM