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Title:An Excavation at North Devon Area Library Site, Barnstaple; Summary Report
Originator:North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit
Summary:Survey by NDDC RAU in 1984/85 found no surviving evidence of the workhouse period within the standing structure. Most of the building was probably reconstructed following 1879 fire. Recent alterations obliterated much evidence for industrial use; however, surviving in the roof space was a large wooden wheel, used as a hoist. Post-demolition excavation showed the first phase of the 1515 workhouse to have had walls of earth-bonded stone. Robber-trenches and floor layers indicate a 2-roomed building, both rooms with rough hollows carved into their floors - possibly to house machinery. A row of post-holes on the n side may represent a large loom. In the s room the remains of a clay lined sump and a drain suggested a fleece-washing facility. Living accommodation probably on first floor. Eventually the hollow in s room was infilled and a mortar floor laid, possibly in 1659 when documentary evidence suggests reconstruction. The superior floor + one fragment of decorated delft tile suggests that this may have become the master's quarters. In the n room a clay grit floor was laid, but the hollow continued in use. The whole building was demolished, probably in 1792 when a new stone + masonry building was erected. This was the building eventually used by the Dornat factory.

Associated Monuments (21)

MDV549214 Cross Street, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV8106 Cross Street, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV1056789 - 13 Tuly Street, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV14594Barnstaple Castle Inner Bailey (Monument)
MDV14593Barnstaple Castle Moat (Monument)
MDV14595Barnstaple Castle Outer Bailey (Monument)
MDV14595Barnstaple Castle Outer Bailey (Monument)
MDV14595Barnstaple Castle Outer Bailey (Monument)
MDV14595Barnstaple Castle Outer Bailey (Monument)
MDV14292Barnstaple Medieval Town Defences (Monument)
MDV50028Bell Casting Site adjacent to Barnstaple Castle (Monument)
MDV109905Burgage Plots on High Street, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV863Dornat's Factory, formerly a Workhouse, Tuly Street, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV38770Hollow Way east of Barnstaple Castle (Monument)
MDV104133Medieval Pottery Kiln, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV105672Monkey Island, formerly the Castle Hotel, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV38774Post Medieval Pottery Works in Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV50123Pottery Kiln No. 1, Tuly Street, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV15273Rendles Pottery, North Walk, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV14201Row of Terraced Houses on the west side of Potters Lane, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV14597Saxon Cemetery at Barnstaple Castle (Monument)
MDV19249Turbit Terrace, North Walk, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV50027Workshop or Warehouse close to Barnstaple Castle (Building)