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HER Number:MDV79413
Name:Sir Walter Raleigh Public House


Early 16th century house, rearranged and refurbished in late 18th century, converted to public house in 19th century.


Grid Reference:SY 066 848
Map Sheet:SY08SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishEast Budleigh
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishEAST BUDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 86301

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVI - 1501 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'King's Arms (P.H.)' shown.

Fisher, J., 1999, East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: East Budleigh, 6, 8 (Report - non-specific). SDV346582.

In High Street there is a very good range of cob and thatch. As well as plain vernacular the frontage continues through to classical detailing, but is done so in a manner that is perfectly in scale and proportion to the overall profile. Other details: Maps.

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

Public house, former house. Early 16th century, rearranged and refurbished in late 18th century, converted to public house in 20th century. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings; stone rubble or brick stacks topped with 19th and 20th century brick; thatch roof. Two-room plan house facing onto the street to the west. It has a central through passage which contains the stairs and end stacks. The left (northern/uphill) stack is a 20th century insertion and it seems that there was a service through passage here formerly. 20th century outshots to rear. Main block is 2 storeys. Irregular 4-window front of 19th and 20th century replacment casements with glazing bars. There are 3 doorways; the main one right of centre, another inserted to the bar in the left room, and a third to the former left end passage. All contain 20th century panelled doors. The roof butts the party wall of 24 High Street to the left and runs continuously with that of 20 High Street to right. Interior shows only 18th century and later features except for the roof. It is 4 bays. The lower sections of the trusses are boxed into the first floor partitons but are probably jointed crucks. In the roofspace however the timbers can be seen and the roof is smoke-blackened from end to end indicating that the original house was divided by low partitions and heated by an open hearth fire. A hip arangement at the right (southern) end indicates that that end was always the end. The arrangement at the other end might suggest that the 16th century house extended further northwards. The 2 trusses at that end were closed probably in the 16th century and the infil is blackened on the inner faces. The space between these trusses appears too narrow for a hall or room of any kind. Maybe it is a smoke bay but if so that is very rare for Devon. Alternatively it may have been part of a hall reduced in size by a jettied or part-floored chamber. The later alterations make it impossible at present to interpret the layout of the 16th century house but care should be taken during any modernization work since some of the crosswalls may contain 16th century oak framing. On the ground floor each room has an axial beam but both are boxed in. The stairs are 19th century and in the right room the fireplace contains a 20th century grate. However alongside to the left is an 18th century cupboard; its surround has fluted pilasters with moulded caps and there is a dentil cornice. The Sir Walter Raleigh public house is an intriguing building. Only the roofspace shows the real antiquity of the building. It is part of an attractive and varied group of buildings, most of them listed, which line the High Street as it rises towards the Church of All Saints. It was formerly known as the Kings Arms.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346128List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2011. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #106213 ]
SDV346582Report - non-specific: Fisher, J.. 1999. East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: East Budleigh. East Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6, 8.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 21 2011 9:21AM