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School and Master's House Including Playground and Garden Walls

A Grade II Listed Building in South Zeal, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7266 / 50°43'35"N

Longitude: -3.9125 / 3°54'44"W

OS Eastings: 265112

OS Northings: 93634

OS Grid: SX651936

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.8GS2

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P5.3LF

Plus Code: 9C2RP3GQ+M2

Entry Name: School and Master's House Including Playground and Garden Walls

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106011

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95037

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: South Tawton

Built-Up Area: South Zeal

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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8/302 School and Master's House
including playground and garden walls


Board school and adjoining schoolmaster's house. Built in 1875 for 126 children;
the architect was Charles Pinn of Exeter. Ironstone/slate rubble with rock-faced
granite and Bathstone dressings. Slate roof with gabled ends and exposed rafter
ends. The central range has an asbestos slate roof.
Plan: long central range containing school rooms with a large school room cross-
wing at the left-hand end and the schoolmaster's house at the right-hand end of 2
short staggered parallel ranges with a porch in the outer right angle and a short
projecting wing at the front.
An unusual design in Romanesque and Italianate styles; a late use of these styles.
Exterior: single storey school and 2 storey masters house, Asymmetrical front
elevation. The single storey central range has 1, 2 and 3-light round-headed
windows with C19 horizontal pivot casements and a round-headed doorway to the right
with a C19 plank door with wrought iron hinges. To the left in the central range 2
C20 doorways flanking a C20 casement with a C20 lean-to canopy over on timber posts.
The principal feature of the building is the large cross-wing projecting at the
left-hand end which has a tripartite window with round-headed lights and an oval
panel above. The window is flanked by rusticated rock-faced granite buttresses, or
piers, with imposts and a large round arch in the gable above which rises to a
bellcot with 4 Norman style colonnettes with cushion capitals supporting a short
pyramidal stone spire with an ornate wrought iron weathervane at the apex. The
projecting verges of the cross-wing gable are supported on brackets and the corners
of the cross-wing have rusticated rock-faced granite quoins. The left-hand side of
the cross-wing has 4, 2-light round-headed windows symmetrically arranged.
At the right-hand end the schoolmaster's house has a short projecting wing at the
front with a C19 tripartite sash on the ground floor and a C19 4-pane sash above;
set back to the right a round-headed stair window. The porch, set back again in the
angle to the right also has a dressed Bathstone round arch. The later addition
above the porch is slate hung. The corners of the master's house also have rock-
faced granite quoins and continuous around the whole building there is a rock-faced
granite plinth.
Including the playground area and garden wall along the front of the whole building;
it is coeval with the school; iron stone/slate rubble with rock-faced granite coping
and rock-faced granite monolithic gate-posts with round heads and wrought iron gates
with cast spear-head finials.
Interior: not inspected but it seems that the open roof of the hall in the cross-
wing has been ceiled. The cast-iron bell-frame and bell in the bellcot is intact.
Source: Kelly's Directory 1902, Devon C19 Church Project.

Listing NGR: SX6511293634

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