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The Post Office

A Grade II Listed Building in South Zeal, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7256 / 50°43'32"N

Longitude: -3.9115 / 3°54'41"W

OS Eastings: 265178

OS Northings: 93514

OS Grid: SX651935

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.8P09

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P5.9YW

Plus Code: 9C2RP3GQ+6C

Entry Name: The Post Office

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106012

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95041

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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House and Post Office. Mid C16 with late C16 and C17 improvements, rearranged in
C18 or C19, modernised with new rear block circa 1980. Plastered walls, probably
granite stone rubble, maybe with cob; granite stacks topped with C20 brick; thatch
Plan and development: although the house has a 3-room-and-through-passage plan
facing north-east onto the street it is not really clear whether this is its early
form. Nevertheless it is described as if it were. Inner room at right end with end
stack maybe inserted in the C19 or C20. The hall, now used as the Post Office, had
a rear lateral stack but this was demolished in the C20. Small inner room at left
end with end stack backing onto the adjoining house. C20 rear block extension and
kitchen outshot. The house appears to have a conventional late medieval layout but
some of the evidence is confusing.
It apparently began as some form of open hall house but the roof over the inner room
is the only section smoke-blackened from the open hearth fire. The demolished
fireplace in the putative hall was probably late C16 or early C17 and this room was
floored over in the mid C17. House now 2 storeys.
Exterior: irregular 4-window front of C19 and C20 casements, only the oldest ones
with glazing bars. There are 2 front doorways; the passage front doorway (to the
house) is left of centre and the secondary doorway inserted into the hall/post
office is right of centre and both now contain C20 doors. Roof is hipped to right
and left runs into the roof of the adjoining house.
Interior: is largely the result of C19 and C20 modernisations but the basic
structure of the main block appears to be mostly C16 and C17. The upper passage
screen (to the hall) is plastered but is said to contain the remains of an oak'
plank-and-muntin screen. In the hall the mid C17 axial beam curiously is only
moulded on one side. No carpentry detail shows in the inner room. Service end room
has a granite ashlar fireplace and a soffit-chamfered axial beam, both probably C17.
Roof of true cruck trusses (although one of the principals rests on a vertical post
to the front). The roof bay over the inner room is sooted from an open hearth fire.
The truss between this and the hall roof is closed and the rest of the roof is
South Zeal is special being one of the few medieval boroughs of Devon where a
significant number of its C16 and C17 housees still survive.

Listing NGR: SX6517893514

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