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Latitude: 51.02 / 51°1'11"N
Longitude: -4.2043 / 4°12'15"W
OS Eastings: 245489
OS Northings: 126825
OS Grid: SS454268
Mapcode National: GBR KJ.J4Q3
Mapcode Global: FRA 262F.3W3
Entry Name: The Old Custom House
Listing Date: 8 November 1949
Last Amended: 19 April 1993
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1206709
English Heritage Legacy ID: 375735
Location: Bideford, Torridge, Devon, EX39
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
SS4526 BRIDGELAND STREET
842-1/5/21 (North side)
08/11/49 Nos.1 AND 1A
The Old Custom House
(Formerly Listed as:
House, later the Customs House, now a public house. 1695,
remodelled with rear additions in early and mid C19. Solid
rendered walls. Slate roof. Rendered chimney on rear wall.
2 storeys with garret; 4-window range, with doorway in place
of second ground-storey window front left. Windows have shaped
surrounds; sashes with margin-panes. Raised band above ground
storey. 3 gabled dormers with pierced, patterned bargeboards;
sashes with margin-panes. Gable-end facing The Quay has
2-storeyed, 3-light bay window with rounded corners and top
entablature; sashes with glazing-bars. Garret window matches
those on Bridgeland Street front. Gable decorated with 3
ball-finials. At rear a rounded stair turret with round-arched
window containing 18-pane fixed sash with radial bars at the
top. Adjoining it on either side, additions with late C20
To right, facing the Ropewalk, a former warehouse; ground
storey altered, but upper storey retains C19 loading-door
flanked by sash-windows with margin-panes.
INTERIOR: ground storey only inspected, completely altered.
Rear staircase has thin, square-section balusters. Bideford
Bridge Trust lease of 20.5.1695 grants newly erected house on
this site to Nathaniel Gascoyne, carpenter, who had laid out
Bridgeland Street in 1690. Lease of 1832 says building 'now
used as the Custom House'; it was no longer used for this
purpose by 1890.
(Thorp J: Programme of Devon Buildings Group Summer
Conference, 1987: 1987-: NOTES-BRIDGELAND ST; Bideford
Historic Buildings Survey, Notes; Bideford Bridge Trust
Account Book: 1).
Listing NGR: SS4548926825
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