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HER Number:MDV95937
Name:Garden Walls, Penrose Almshouses


Garden walls to the allotment at the rear of Penrose Almshouses, probably 17th century. The tall brown cob walls enclose a large garden behind the almshouses, with access from the almshouse court via a passageway.


Grid Reference:SS 560 328
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref: 485678

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GARDEN WALL (XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Map object based on this source.

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

Map object based on this source.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Garden walls to allotment rear of Penrose Almshouses (qv). Probably C17. Cob with slate coping. The walls enclose a large garden behind the almshouses, with access from the almshouse court via a passageway, suggesting that the garden is contemporary with the almshouses, completed 1627. Tall brown cob walls with some unfortunate C20 cement repair. Historical note: cob buildings are known from the High Street in Barnstaple, nevertheless; it is an unusual urban building material and important to the fine C17 almshouse complex.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV128466Related to: Penrose Allotments, Barnstaple (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4622 - Archaeological Significance of Litchdon Street Potteries, Barnstaple
  • EDV5565 - Survey of Penrose Almshouses, Barnstaple

Date Last Edited:Jun 10 2020 2:03PM