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HER Number:MDV74948
Name:The Sail Loft, 26 Foss Street, Dartmouth


Warehouse, now used as a rigging shop and sail loft, early 19th century but said to contain 17th century carpentry. Originally three storeys, it was repaired after wartime blast damage and converted to the present two storeys.


Grid Reference:SX 877 514
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOWNSTAL

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 387266

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Department of Environment, 10/03/1987, Dartmouth (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV351081.

Foss Street, 26, The Sail Loft has been added to the list.

Department of National Heritage, 1994, Dartmouth, 138-9 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV157498.

Warehouse, now used as a rigging shop and sail loft. Early 19th century with earlier origins, some circa 1950 alterations. Local limestone rubble with some red brick dressings, west end is painted, and secondary brick infill on north side is roughcast; asbestos slate roof. Plan: L-plan, the crosswing occupied by and (re)built with Number 1 Broadstone House adjoining to the north.The main block, the old warehouse, is built on a rough east-west axis on a very slight curve. Exterior: Originally 3 storeys, it was repaired after wartime blast damage and converted to present 2 storeys. The west end has a coped gable above first-floor former loading hatch, now the main doorway to the sail loft up an external flight of 20th century iron steps, and full-width ground-floor doorway, both containing plain 20th century doors. South side has 5-window front, 20th century windows with glazing bars under brick segmental arches, and ground floor has tall openings, now blocked. It is also said to include iron mooring rings. On the north side the 3 wide bays alongside the front garden of Broadstone House were originally boarded between stone piers but are now infilled with rendered brick under large full width windows with glazing bars. East end has a first-floor loading hatch with side light in the blocking of a larger original loading hatch. South-east corner is rounded, but corbels out to square at the top for the hipped roof. Wall continues northwards into Number 1 Broadstone House where it contains 12- and 16-pane sashes. Interior: Originally 3 storeys, floors removed circa 1950 and warehouse converted to 2 storeys. New first floor on cast-iron joists which are said to be old train rails from Plymouth. The southern windows have internal lintels, large pieces of reused timber. Roof carried on softwood A-frame trusses with lap-jointed collars set on tie beams, all fixed with wooden pegs. According to the owner the floors and framing on the north side included much 17th century carpentry including a beam dated 1633 or 1638. History: The warehouse seems to have been rebuilt alongside the old quay at the same time that Broadstone House was divided, and the north wing is part of the house. South side wall rose from quayside before the harbour was filled in in 1878. Parts of the building may be earlier than the 19th century and it has considerable interest as part of the maritime history of Dartmouth.

Ordnance Survey, 2009, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV341569.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV157498List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of National Heritage. 1994. Dartmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 138-9.
SDV341569Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2009. MasterMap. MasterMap. Digital. [Mapped feature: #102170 ]
SDV351081List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 10/03/1987. Dartmouth. Amendment to List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interes. A4 Single Sheet.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 17 2013 11:17AM