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HER Number:MDV8575
Name:Town Gaol, Dartmouth


Former town gaol, originally single storey. An upper storey added in 1854 was used as a police station.


Grid Reference:SX 877 513
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishST.SAVIOURS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/50

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GAOL (XVIII - 1701 AD to 1800 AD (Between))
  • POLICE STATION (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

'Police Station' shown. Map object based on this source.

Gibbs, R., 1908 - 1909, The Arms of Dartmough and their Origin, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV340289.

Almost fronting the tower (?St Saviour's Church) is a small detached building of great interest. It has a narrow court on the south side enclosed by a high wall. The upper part of this structure, a modern addition, was used as a police station. Underneath are two vaulted cells, medieval, and until 1894 used as the town jail. On its south face is a specimen of the town arms.

Smart, I. H., 1991, The Many Ancient Guildhalls of Dartmouth, 16-19 (Article in Serial). SDV340290.

At the end of the 18th century the gaol block was joined on to the south wall of the old guildhall. The end wall was pinned and rehung with slates when the guildhall was demolished in 1837. Built as one storey but an upper storey was added in 1854. Later used as a watch house and lock-up.

Stephenson, G., 2001, Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth (Report - Assessment). SDV319967.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319967Report - Assessment: Stephenson, G.. 2001. Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project 4995. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340289Article in Serial: Gibbs, R.. 1908 - 1909. The Arms of Dartmough and their Origin. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 5. Unknown. 141.
SDV340290Article in Serial: Smart, I. H.. 1991. The Many Ancient Guildhalls of Dartmouth. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 123. A5 Paperback. 16-19.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV42293Related to: Former Guildhall in Higher Street (Monument)
MDV42288Related to: Medieval Guildhall, Dartmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 20 2013 8:44AM