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Latitude: 50.3502 / 50°21'0"N
Longitude: -3.5782 / 3°34'41"W
OS Eastings: 287810
OS Northings: 51217
OS Grid: SX878512
Mapcode National: GBR QS.RJ8Z
Mapcode Global: FRA 38D3.MSR
Entry Name: 1, Lower Street
Listing Date: 23 February 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1209670
English Heritage Legacy ID: 387277
Location: Dartmouth, South Hams, Devon, TQ6
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
SX874510 LOWER STREET
673-1/8/156 (East side)
Merchant's house, now shop with offices over. Probably first
half of the C17, with C19 and C20 modernisations. Mixed
construction; stone rubble southern party wall, other walls
are plastered timber-framing; stack with C19 brick
chimneyshaft; slate roof.
PLAN: It is the front block and gallery of a C17
gallery-and-back-block house. First-floor gallery connecting
front block to the rear block, now No.1 Mansion House Street
(qv), across a former courtyard, now infilled and part of the
shop. Former front block cleared for shop at ground-floor
level but probably original 2-room plan survives on the upper
floors with newel stair between them on the left side.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attics; one-window front, with window
to curving front corner and irregular 2-window front onto
Mansion House Street. Walls are plastered and lightly blocked
out as ashlar. Only the stair window with its early C20
stained glass and dormer above with casement with glazing bars
are earlier than c1989 when other windows replaced with uPVC
windows without glazing bars. Ground floor has altered C19
timber shop front which returns one bay down Mansion House
Street behind the recessed doorway which now contains a C20
door. Plain eaves. Roof is hipped to the front and gable-ended
to rear. Gallery behind is weather-boarded and now sits above
the flat-roofed infill of the courtyard which contains a C20
door giving access to the offices.
INTERIOR: Largely shows the result of the C19 and C20
nodernisations. Ground floor has been cleared of all
partitions for the present shop. The beams are boxed in
although a short section of a C17 beam with multiple mouldings
is exposed at the foot of the C20 stair from ground- to
first-floor level. C17 newel stair above rising round a
mast-like pine newel post. No other early carpentry or joinery
is exposed and the fireplaces are blocked by C19 and C20
grates. Roof not inspected.
A rare surviving example of a gallery-and-back-block house
with its original gallery.
Listing NGR: SX8781051217
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