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HER Number:MDV8271
Name:The Market House, Chagford

Summary

Modern market house dating to the 1860s based on the site of 16th century market house and court house. Replaced the old 'shambles' market buildings in the Square. Granite stone rubble with granite ashlar detail; a slate roof. Octagonal plan. Large two centred arched doorway. Pyramid roof has gabled dormers containing arch-headed fixed pane windows and at the apex, a louvred lantern topped by a narrow spire and wrought iron weather vane.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 700 875
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/41
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MARKET HOUSE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ormerod, G. W., 1876, A historical sketch of the parish of Chagford, 72-3 (Article in Serial). SDV259032.

A dilapidated market house existed till 1862 when it was removed and the present building erected.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX78NW17 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV260824.

Modern market house on site of 16th century market house and court house. Date of charter for market not known, but mentioned in 1574. Probably lost in the fire of Chagford at the close of the 17th century but market house fell in 1617, the chamber which held the court standing on decayed pillars, sank under a greater concourse than usual.
No remains, and no further information (19/8/1953).


Barker, F., 1968, The History of Chagford; The Community as a Planning Unit, 344 (Article in Serial). SDV260087.

The stannary court was held in the market house.


Department of Environment, 1987, Chagford, 125 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV350463.

The Market House. Built in 1862 on site of former market house, modernized circa 1970. Granite stone rubble with granite ashlar detail; a slate roof. Octagonal plan. Large two centred arched doorway. Pyramid roof has gabled dormers containing arch-headed fixed pane windows and at the apex, a louvred lantern topped by a narrow spire and wrought iron weather vane.


Rice, I., 2002, The Book of Chagford. A Town Apart, 17-19, 26, 105, 118, 121, 124, 148 (Monograph). SDV356605.

Good collection of early photographs of the Market House dating from 1890-1950s. Built to replace the old shambles in 1861-2, the Market House became an asset of the Chagford Parish Council in 1894. It was sold by them to the Okehampton Rural District Council in the 1920s, which at the time caused an uproar. Today falls within the remit of West Devon Borough Council and was extensively renovated in 1984. It now houses two lock-up shops, toilets and a small office formerly used by the local Community Constable.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV259032Article in Serial: Ormerod, G. W.. 1876. A historical sketch of the parish of Chagford. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 8. Unknown. 72-3.
SDV260087Article in Serial: Barker, F.. 1968. The History of Chagford; The Community as a Planning Unit. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 100. Unknown. 344.
SDV260824Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX78NW17. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV350463List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Chagford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Bound. 125.
SDV356605Monograph: Rice, I.. 2002. The Book of Chagford. A Town Apart. The Book of Chagford. Hardback Volume. 17-19, 26, 105, 118, 121, 124, 148.

Associated Monuments

MDV114171Related to: 11 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV108717Related to: 28 and 30 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV114130Related to: 58-60 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV114174Related to: 9 The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV114181Related to: Chagford town leats (Monument)
MDV80787Related to: K6 telephone box, Chagford (Building)
MDV114134Related to: Post Office, The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV114124Related to: The Royal Oak, The Square, Chagford (Building)
MDV114132Related to: The 'Shambles', The Square, Chagford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2016 10:39AM