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HER Number:MDV96086
Name:May House, Boutport Street, Barnstaple


Former Baptist Minister's house built in 1870 to the designs of R.D. Gould.


Grid Reference:SS 557 335
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XIX - 1870 AD to 1870 AD (Between))

Full description

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, BHBS Mapping Area 1106 (Un-published). SDV351581.

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

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

May House. Former Baptist Minister's house, empty at time of survey. 1870. By RD Gould. The walling resembles brick, but appears to be of a soft stone, possibly refaced in cement; limestone dressings, granite plinth. Slated roof with crested ridge-tiles. Stone chimney on left gable. 3 storeys with garret. 2-window range. To right of ground storey a doorway with pointed arch springing from pilasters with richly carved capitals. This is set in a slight projection which at the left end extends upwards as a short buttress with shaped top. Transomed window above it in 2nd storey has a flat moulded stone lintel; over this is a panel of patterned brickwork enclosed within a pointed, moulded arch. To left of ground and 2nd storeys is a plain canted bay window, the ground-storey lights with shouldered heads and those above with segmental heads. 3rd storey has 2 windows with shouldered heads. Bracketed eaves cornice. Hipped dormer window, centrally placed. Baptist Chapel and Church Hall adjoin to west. (Gardiner WF: Barnstaple, 1837-97: Barnstaple: 1897-: 101).

Sources / Further Reading

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. [Mapped feature: #109980 ]
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. BHBS Mapping Area 1106.

Associated Monuments

MDV96091Related to: Baptist Church Hall, Boutport Street (Building)
MDV96085Related to: Barnstaple Baptist Church, Boutport Street (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 3 2013 2:54PM