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HER Number:MDV850
Name:Theatre in Theatre Lane, formerly Honeypot Lane, Barnstaple


Theatre, now a club, originally built circa 1760.


Grid Reference:SS 558 330
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/59

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • THEATRE (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Gribble, J. B., 1830, Barnstaple (Cartographic). SDV357319.

Theatre marked (15) but appears to be shown on the opposite side of Threatre Lane.

Harper, S., 1917, The History of the Drama in Barnstaple, 421 (Article in Serial). SDV349385.

Theatre built about 1760 in Honey Pot Lane off High Street. Now used as a warehouse. Could seat about 350. Only one of the original doorways which led to the gallery remains. Became ruinous and partial restoration undertaken in 1832.

Kempe, F., 1990, History of ancient street on display (Article in Serial). SDV361444.

An exhibition which traces the history of Barnstaple High Street from Saxon times to the present day has been mounted by the local library. With photographs, newspaper cuttings, sketches and maps, it outlines the development of the street from South Gate (now more generally known as Youings Corner) to Mermaid Cross, where the old North Gate stood.

Theatre Lane, once Honeypot Lane, housed the town's first playhouse, erected on a site behindwhta was until recent years the Regal Cinema and is now a snooker club.

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

Marked as a club on modern mapping.

Friends of Archaeology ND, Unknown, Historic Barnstaple (Leaflet). SDV356772.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108610 ]
SDV349385Article in Serial: Harper, S.. 1917. The History of the Drama in Barnstaple. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 49. A5 Hardback. 421.
SDV356772Leaflet: Friends of Archaeology ND. Unknown. Historic Barnstaple. Leaflet + Digital.
SDV357319Cartographic: Gribble, J. B.. 1830. Barnstaple. Frontispiece to Memorials of Barnstaple. a4 single Sheet + Digital.
SDV361444Article in Serial: Kempe, F.. 1990. History of ancient street on display. Western Morning News. 20/01/1990. Photocopy + Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 14 2018 10:33AM