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39 AND 41, HIGH STREET (See details for further address information)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Totnes, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4317 / 50°25'54"N

Longitude: -3.6892 / 3°41'21"W

OS Eastings: 280122

OS Northings: 60462

OS Grid: SX801604

Mapcode National: GBR QL.MCWR

Mapcode Global: FRA 375X.6L3

Plus Code: 9C2RC8J6+M8

Entry Name: 39 AND 41, HIGH STREET (See details for further address information)

Listing Date: 7 January 1952

Last Amended: 16 March 1978

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1236133

English Heritage Legacy ID: 427047

Location: Totnes, South Hams, Devon, TQ9

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Totnes

Built-Up Area: Totnes

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Totnes St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

Nos 39 and 41
SX 8060 SW 1/67 7.1.52.


2 separate houses with long history of single ownership. No 38, circa 1624, built
by John Wise, merchant. No 41 may have been rebuilt in mid C18. No 39 is "deux
corps de batiments" type and retains the (built over) small court and separate kitchen
block. 3 storeys. Both houses refronted earlier-mid C19 to form a pair with 3
windows to 1st floor. Hipped Welsh slate roofs with red brick stacks. Masonry
party walls; that on east side of No 39 of Devonian limestone rubble with arched
entrance over Butterwalk loggia. Slate-hung, timber-framed front to 1st and 2nd
floors. Eaves cornice. No 39, 3 light sash windows; No 41 2nd floor with architraved,
paired sash windows with glazing bars; 3 light 1st floor windows to outer bays.
Ground floor loggia over pavement carved on Tuscan columns bearing entablature.
Passage entrances with rectangular fanlights and panelled doors. No 39 with interesting
interior features : former staircase bay with originally an open yard on west side
of house and approached by side passage (similar to No 70 Fore Street (qv). The
staircase bay was formerly timber-framed but the partitions were removed in the
earlier-mid C19 and the yard incorporated into the ground floor shop area. At 1st
floor level the yard area still retains early C19 sash windows with margin lights.
Good decorated plaster ceilings with rib-work, rosettes, pendants moulded cornices
and timber beam enrichments to ground floor (former staircase bay) and 1st floor
rooms (former hall and fore-hall). The front 1st floor room with very fine plaster
ceiling with monogram "I.D." and "W.D." of William Dowse. Site of former gallery
with arched 1st floor doorway to kitchen block. Kitchen with open fireplaces and
framed partitions. No 41 with mid C18 open staircase with closed string, turned
balusters, square newel and moulded handrail. Grade II* for interior (M Laithwaite).

Listing NGR: SX8012260461

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

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