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HER Number:MDV75537
Name:The Kings Arms, The Quay, Bideford


Public House, probably 18th century or earlier in date, remodelled in the mid 19th century.


Grid Reference:SS 454 265
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 375925

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PUBLIC HOUSE (XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, Towns 1855-95 1:500 (Cartographic). SDV348147.

"Kings Arms (P.H.)" marked.

Department of National Heritage, 19/04/1993, Bideford, 216 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV338459.

Public House. Probably 18th century or earlier in date, remodelled in the mid 19th century. Solid rendered walls. Slate roof, hipped to left. 2 chimneys on rear wall, that to left of old red brick. Single-depth plan, 3 rooms wide with staircase behind middle room; to rear left a disused warehouse with access from side-alley; traditionally called 'the barn'. Three storeys; widely-spaced 3-window range. Ground storey has 3 canted bay windows, that to left reduced in width to allow for a small doorway. Main entrance between the 2 left-hand bays has 5-panelled door; cornice on enriched consoles. Bays have sash-windows, the front sashes with margin-panes. Small door is 4-panelled, the top 2 panels glazed. At left-hand end a fourth window with 2-paned sashes. Upper-storey windows have shaped surrounds; 2-paned sashes in second storey; 2-light wood casements in the 5 third-storey windows, each light with 2 panes. Raised quoins flanking whole front. Boxed eaves cornice. Side-alley front has barred sashes and casements like those facing The Quay.
Interior: ground-floor bar has chamfered ceiling-beam without stops. Wooden dog-leg staircase rising from first floor; gallery-balustrade at top with thin square balusters and column-newels. Barn has kingpost-and-ridge roof.

Devon County Council, 1975, Bideford Town Trail, 77 (Article in Monograph). SDV352469.

Rushton, N., 2006, River Torridge Pipeline, Bideford, Devon: Rapid Archaeological Appraisal, 7 (Report - Interim). SDV342463.

Dick, A. M., 2009, 7 and 8 The Quay, Bideford (Ground Photograph). SDV355661.

Torridge District Council, 2009, Bideford Conservation Area Appraisal, 14 (Report - non-specific). SDV351295.

Late Victorian photographs of this section of the Quay show a row of public houses; The Steam Packet Hotel (demolished in 1937 to permit the building of the Bideford and North Devon Building Society premises), The Western, now the Rose of Torridge (no longer a public house), The Kings Arms and the Three Tuns.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338459List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of National Heritage. 19/04/1993. Bideford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 216.
SDV342463Report - Interim: Rushton, N.. 2006. River Torridge Pipeline, Bideford, Devon: Rapid Archaeological Appraisal. Wessex Archaeology Report. 62220.01. A4 Stapled. 7.
SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #102623 ]
SDV351295Report - non-specific: Torridge District Council. 2009. Bideford Conservation Area Appraisal. Torridge District Council Planning Guidance. Digital. 14.
SDV352469Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Bideford Town Trail. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 77.
SDV355661Ground Photograph: Dick, A. M.. 2009. 7 and 8 The Quay, Bideford. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4517 - Archaeological Appraisal of River Torridge Pipeline Routes, Bideford, Devon

Date Last Edited:Oct 3 2019 12:56PM