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The Sail Loft

A Grade II Listed Building in Dartmouth, Devon

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Latitude: 50.3526 / 50°21'9"N

Longitude: -3.5796 / 3°34'46"W

OS Eastings: 287722

OS Northings: 51486

OS Grid: SX877514

Mapcode National: GBR QS.R9Z1

Mapcode Global: FRA 38D3.F9F

Entry Name: The Sail Loft

Listing Date: 10 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197529

English Heritage Legacy ID: 387266

Location: Dartmouth, South Hams, Devon, TQ6

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Dartmouth

Built-Up Area: Dartmouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Dartmouth Townstal

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


673-1/8/146 (East side)
10/03/87 No.26
The Sail Loft


Warehouse, now used as a rigging shop and sail loft. Early C19
with earlier origins, some c1950 alterations. Local limestone
rubble with some red brick dressings, west end is painted, and
secondary brick infill on north side is roughcast; asbestos
slate roof.
PLAN: L-plan, the crosswing occupied by and (re)built with
No.1 Broadstone House, Broadstone (qv) adjoining to the north.
The main block, the old warehouse, is built on a rough
east-west axis on a very slight curve.
EXTERIOR: Originally 3 storeys, it was repaired after wartime
blast damage and converted to present 2 storeys. The west end
has a coped gable above first-floor former loading hatch, now
the main doorway to the sail loft up an external flight of C20
iron steps, and full-width ground-floor doorway, both
containing plain C20 doors. South side has 5-window front, C20
windows with glazing bars under brick segmental arches, and
ground floor has tall openings, now blocked. It is also said
to include iron mooring rings. On the north side the 3 wide
bays alongside the front garden of Broadstone House (qv) were
originally boarded between stone piers but are now infilled
with rendered brick under large full-width windows with
glazing bars. East end has a first-floor loading hatch with
side light in the blocking of a larger original loading hatch.
South-east corner is rounded, but corbels out to square at the
top for the hipped roof. Wall continues northwards into No.1
Broadstone House (qv) where it contains 12- and 16-pane
INTERIOR: Originally 3 storeys, floors removed c1950 and
warehouse converted to 2 storeys. New first floor on cast-iron
joists which are said to be old train rails from Plymouth. The
southern windows have internal lintels, large pieces of reused
timber. Roof carried on softwood A-frame trusses with
lap-jointed collars set on tie beams, all fixed with wooden
pegs. According to the owner the floors and framing on the
north side included much C17 carpentry including a beam dated
1633 or 1638.
HISTORY: The warehouse seems to have been rebuilt alongside
the old quay at the same time that Broadstone House (qv) was
divided, and the north wing is part of the house. South side
wall rose from quayside before the harbour was filled in in
1878. Parts of the building may be earlier than the C19 and it
has considerable interest as part of the maritime history of

Listing NGR: SX8772251486

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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