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HER Number:MDV80088
Name:54 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh


Late 17th century or earlier property on the north side of Fore Street, currently in use as the Singing Kettle restaurant (2016). Two storeys, four-window front on upper floor, two 20th century bow windows flanking doorway on the left and cartway access to the rear on the right. Attractive frontage; stuccoed and blocked out, slate roof. Stone rubble walls of rear plot extend to the River Mardle.


Grid Reference:SX 740 661
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckfastleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 392281

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RESTAURANT (XVII - 1650 AD to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1985, Images of listed buildings in Buckfastleigh, 15/07/1985 (Photograph). SDV359974.

Image from 1985 showing the 'Country Fare Restaurant'; next to the 'Buckfastleigh Bakery' (55 Fore Street).

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

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

No.54 Fore Street including walls of rear plot.
House, in use as restaurant. Late 17th century or earlier; re-fronted in the early 19th century. Stuccoed and blocked out; slate roof, gabled at ends; two rear lateral stacks with stone rubble shafts; cast-iron rainwater goods. Plan: overall L-plan. Main block two rooms wide plus cartway access to right; rear left wing at right-angles.
EXTERIOR: two storeys. four-window front, symmetrical to the left plus cartway with room over to right. Shop front with left and right moulded pilasters and a deep projecting fascia on curly brackets, fascia rises as pediment in the centre over 20th century timber small-pane front door with deep overlight. Shallow small-pane 20th century bow windows to left and right. Four 16-pane early 19th century 16-pane sash windows. Rear wing stone rubble with shallow pitched roof and rear left lateral stack.
INTERIOR: left-hand fireplace has late 17th century moulded lintel with bar stops, plainer fireplace in right-hand room. Historical note: at one time the building was divided into two with a central passage. The right-hand end was the co-op butcher, the left-hand a private house. Subsidiary features: stone rubble walls of rear plot extend to River Mardle. Other details: Listed Building number: 392281.

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

August 2016 image shows this business is currently The Singing Kettle restaurant and tea rooms.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #106891 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV359965Website: Google. 2017. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.
SDV359974Photograph: Department of Environment. 1985. Images of listed buildings in Buckfastleigh. Photograph (Paper). 15/07/1985.

Associated Monuments

MDV22922Related to: 49 and 51 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh (Building)
MDV22923Related to: 55 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 6 2017 3:59PM