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HER Number:MDV96106
Name:Tavern in the Town Public House, Diamond Street, Barnstaple


Mid to late 17th century public house with superficial remodelling and the addition of a rear wing in the mid 19th century. A notable example of 17th century brickwork in Devon. Formerly known as the Albert Inn.


Grid Reference:SS 559 330
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PUBLIC HOUSE (XVII - 1640 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, Towns 1855-95 1:500 (Cartographic). SDV348147.

Albert Inn marked.

North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit, 1991, North Devon Archaeological Site Code Index, Site Code ND72 (Report - non-specific). SDV63429.

Brickwork of circa 1800 and a piece of claypipe were recorded during a watching brief in Diamond Street in 1986.

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

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

1 Diamond Street, Tavern in the Town Public House (Formerly Listed as: Diamond Street No.1 Albert Inn).
Public house. Probably mid or late 17th century, with superficial remodelling and addition of left rear wing in mid 19th century; adjoining this wing on the Silver Street frontage, an addition of similar 19th century date, probably a separate house originally. Rendered red brick, the earliest parts in English bond (brick dimensions 8.5-9 by 2-2.5 inches); right-hand side wall is at least partly of timber-bonded 19th century brick. Tarred slated roof with areas of pantile at the rear; decorated barge-boards on left gable of main range to Diamond Street. Latter has original red brick chimney with rebuilt top on right gable; late 19th century cream brick chimney on left gable. House incorporated on Silver Street frontage has rendered chimney on right gable. Diamond Street range has 2-room plan with gable fireplaces and central through-passage; partition between left-hand room and passage now removed. Staircase (straight flight) adjoining passage on right probably occupies original stair position. Original rear wing on right, apparently never heated. Two storeys. 3-window range to Diamond Street. Upper-storey and right-hand ground-storey windows are long and low, probably occupying the space of former 17th century mullioned windows; now replaced by 3-part 19th century windows with 2-pane sashes in centre and 4-pane casements at either side. Left-hand ground-storey window has late 19th century sashes of 8 panes. Centre door mid 19th century with 6 flush panels. Front to Silver Street has windowless gable to main range. Wing to left has 1 window in each storey. Incorporated house to left again is 2-window range. Inserted garage recessed glazed doors to left. Casement window of 3 lights to right with 2-pane transom lights. Upper storey has 8-pane casement windows of 19th century containing old glass; 2 lights to left, 3 to right.
Interior: inspected while ground storey was stripped out in 1986. Walls of main range mostly of original brick apart from some alterations in rear wall and left-hand (north) end of front wall, which has been wholly rebuilt in 19th century. A notable example of 17th century brickwork in Devon.

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, Mapping Area 63 (Un-published). SDV351581.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #109991 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. Mapping Area 63.
SDV63429Report - non-specific: North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit. 1991. North Devon Archaeological Site Code Index. North Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. Site Code ND72.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 13 2013 9:01AM