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HER Number:MDV7871
Name:Beech House, Western Road, Ashburton


House dates to at least the early-mid 19th century, based on cartographic evidence. Depicted on the historic maps, it was the house of Joseph Gribble, a local solicitor who was in charge of the French prisoners of war. Attractive house which may retain historic features.


Grid Reference:SX 754 695
Map Sheet:SX76NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NE/16

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD? to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848, Plot: 1721 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

House and Garden depicted on the Tithe Map (Apportionment plot: 1721).

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Depicted on the late 19th century historic map. Square structure with two projecting extensions to the rear (east) of the building.

Amery, P. F. S., 1902-1903, Prisoners of War at Ashburton, 186 (Article in Serial). SDV296351.

The French prisoners of war were under the charge of Mr Joseph Gribble, a local solicitor. Mr Gribble's house was opposite the entrance to the Vicarage, the last member of the family resided there in 1899.

Google, 2017, Google Streetview (Website). SDV359965.

Beech House (image date August 2016).
Two and a half storey slate roofed stone built house with chimney stacks on both gables. Three bays with projecting central bay with dormer window in roof above, topped with sloping front gable. Decorative edging to eaves and ridge tiles. The front is rendered and has three upper windows and one lower (in centre; both central windows are bay). All modern replacements. Door is to the right of centre and to the left is arched entrance way with timber doors, providing access to rear. Adjoining to the left is a stone built wall which is likely to be contemporary.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Depicted on the modern mapping. Has been further extended to the east in modern times.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV296351Article in Serial: Amery, P. F. S.. 1902-1903. Prisoners of War at Ashburton. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 2. Unknown. 186.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital. Plot: 1721.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #105543 ]
SDV359965Website: Google. 2017. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV120461Related to: 1-3 Staverton Cottages, Ashburton (Building)
MDV120466Related to: Old Linhay, Ashburton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 15 2017 11:16AM