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HER Number:MDV79143
Name:21 - 23 Prospect Place, Bideford


Late 17th- or early 18th century house. Probably part of the 1690s Bridgeland Street development. Now a range of shops with offices and accommodation above.


Grid Reference:SS 454 267
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 375932

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVII to XVIII - 1690 AD to 1730 AD (Between))

Full description

English Heritage, 2011, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV346128.

Nos.21, 22 and 23, Prospect Place, The Quay.
House, now a range of 3 shops with offices and accommodation above. Late 17th- or early 18th century, heightened and divided into two (Numbers 21-22 and 23) in early or mid 19th century. Numbers 21-22 were subsequently subdivided and the upper floors of Numbers 22 and 23 have been run together.
Solid rendered walls; third-storey front wall possibly timber-framed. Slate roofs; perforated red crested ridge-tiles on front range of Number 21, non-perforated ones on rear roof of Number 23. Old red-brick chimney (partly rendered) with raised band at the top, on ridge at right-hand end of Number 21. Late 19th century or early 20th century cream-brick chimneys at right-hand end of Number 23 and on its rear gable.
Plan probably 3 rooms wide originally. Gabled wings at rear of Numbers 22 and 23, extending back to Queen Street; wing at Number 23 is probably at least 18th century.
3 storeys; 5-window range. Number 23 (2 windows) has raised quoins; Number 22 (1 window) has quoins painted on at left-hand side, oddly placed to coincide with the jambs of the right-hand windows of Number 21.
All 3 houses have shop fronts, possibly of early or mid 20th century dated; the raised quoins survive at either end of Number 23 at this level, though cut back on left-hand side. Upper storeys have flush-framed sashes: 6-paned, except for the lower second-storey sashes at Numbers 22-23. Sashes at Number 21 have horns. Moulded board below the eaves. Fixed to the front of Number 22 is a 19th century oval plaque inscribed PROSPECT PLACE. Second-storey window at Number 23 has barred sashes in a recessed box-frame: 6 panes below and 3 above.
Interior: first-floor room at Number 22 has original moulded plaster ceiling set between 2 plastered beams: centre oval enclosed by 4 shaped panels, moulded cornice round wall-tops. First-floor front room (now sub-divided) at Number 23 has plain dado with moulded base and rail; panelled shutters. Second floor is the former garret, boxed out at the front in 19th century; heavy original roof-trusses plastered over. Right-hand room has wooden chimneypiece, probably original, with moulded architrave, pulvinated frieze and moulded cornice. Rear projection at Number 23 has 2-panelled door with strap-hinges, probably 18th century, on second floor. Number 21 not inspected.
This is a Bideford Bridge Trust property and was probably part of their Bridgeland Street development in the 1690s; the first surviving lease is to Thomas Johns of Bideford, anchor smith, dated 20.8.1707, of a house with a 60 foot frontage.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346128List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2011. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #105943 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 17 2012 1:16PM