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High Bickington Voluntary Control School

A Grade II Listed Building in High Bickington, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9671 / 50°58'1"N

Longitude: -3.9956 / 3°59'44"W

OS Eastings: 259969

OS Northings: 120528

OS Grid: SS599205

Mapcode National: GBR KT.M9MN

Mapcode Global: FRA 26JK.773

Plus Code: 9C2RX283+RQ

Entry Name: High Bickington Voluntary Control School

Listing Date: 16 February 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1105058

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91718

Location: High Bickington, Torridge, Devon, EX37

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: High Bickington

Built-Up Area: High Bickington

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: High Bickington

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 59 20
14/103 High Bickington Voluntary Control
- School


Village school. Circa 1870, altered and enlarged probably in the late C19 or early
C20. Snecked square stone with ashlar dressings, partly rendered to rear. Gable-
ended C20 asbestos-slate roofs.
Plan: Range aligned north-south, facing the end of the high street to the east and
backing onto the churchyard of Saint Mary's (q.v.). One storey schoolroom range to
right and gatehouse cross wing to left with gabled attic storey above. Gabled cross
wing to rear of right-hand end. Late C19/early C20 corridor at rear of schoolroom
range with catslide roof and a small extension to the rear of the gatehouse cross
Exterior: Asymmetrical front. Plinth, and parapeted gables with shaped kneelers,
plain copings and finials. Three large gabled semi dormers to the schoolroom at the
right, which each have a large chamfered stone cross window with trefoil-headed
lights and a chamfered trefoiled circle in the apex above. Smaller right-hand dormer
without quatrefoil and with window rebuilt in the late C20 (with concrete lintel
etc.). Each dormer is flanked by stone chamfered mullioned 2-light windows (right-
hand dormer with window to left only). Windows have probably C20 metal casements.
Gabled gatehouse cross wing to the left has a first-floor stone chamfered mullioned
2-light window, chamfered arched niche above with dressed stone arch above and copper
bell within, and shallow segmental-pointed archway below with dressed stone
voussoirs. Two-storey outshut to left of gabled cross wing with small round-arched
first-floor window to front. Rear of gatehouse has first-floor light chamfered
mullioned stone window and shallow segmental-pointed archway below with dressed-stone
voussoirs. Circa 1900 ground-floor extension has a segmental archway with a pair of
large plank doors and a parapet above.
Interior: Archway has a pair of C19 chamfered ceiling cross beams with ogee stops.
Plank door to right with beaded wooden frame and wooden lintel, and pointed-arched
doorway to left with stone arch and plank door. Rest of interior not inspected,
except for the schoolroom where the C19 roof is ceiled.
A plan of High Bickington Rectory dated 1600 shows the Church of Saint Mary (q.v.)
and a range of buildings including a gatehouse in a similar location to the school.
Although there is no evidence of any older fabric in the school it is possible that
it stands on the site of an earlier building.
Souces: Devon Record Office.

Listing NGR: SS5997020531

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