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Merchant House

A Grade II Listed Building in Bideford, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0174 / 51°1'2"N

Longitude: -4.2054 / 4°12'19"W

OS Eastings: 245402

OS Northings: 126545

OS Grid: SS454265

Mapcode National: GBR KJ.JBF5

Mapcode Global: FRA 262F.9FZ

Entry Name: Merchant House

Listing Date: 19 March 1973

Last Amended: 19 April 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200862

English Heritage Legacy ID: 375714

Location: Bideford, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Bideford

Built-Up Area: Bideford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bideford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


842-1/5/8 (West side)
19/03/73 Nos.8A AND 8B
Merchant House
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
Nos.8A AND 8B)


House, now shops, offices and restaurant. C16 or C17,
remodelled early and late C18. Slate roof. Old red brick
chimney on left gable end. Plan altered.
Plan: in late C18 a double-fronted plan, one-room deep, with
centre through-passage leading to rear wing; latter clearly a
later addition to original fabric. Immediately over front door
the end of a C16/C17 cross-beam with no partition marks on
soffit, suggesting a complete C18 remodelling of original
plan. Arrangement of cornice suggests first floor all one room
in early C18.
3 storeys; 3-window range. Narrow 2-light centre window with
3-light ones on outside. Centre doorway has attached Roman
Doric columns supporting entablature; round-arched opening
with moulded imposts and archivolt; panelled reveals, the
bottom panels flush; half-glazed door with cobweb fanlight. At
either side, horizontally-channelled render; window to right
has remains of triple sashes, the 2-paned side-sashes still
surviving. Small, half-glazed C19 door to extreme right. Upper
storeys flanked by raised quoins; windows have late C19 or
early C20 wood casements, those in second storey with
patterned coloured glass in transom-light.
INTERIOR: ground-floor partitions removed. Centre beam
chamfered with pyramid stops both ends. Former left-hand room
has early C18 boxed cornices. Similar cornice on rear wall of
first-floor room. 2 early C18 doors with raised-and-fielded
one-fillet ovolo-moulded panels and strap-hinges. Remains of
stair with thin square balusters, in rear wing.

Listing NGR: SS4540226542

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

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