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43, HIGH STREET (See details for further address information)

A Grade I Listed Building in Totnes, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4317 / 50°25'54"N

Longitude: -3.6893 / 3°41'21"W

OS Eastings: 280113

OS Northings: 60462

OS Grid: SX801604

Mapcode National: GBR QL.MCVN

Mapcode Global: FRA 375X.6HX

Plus Code: 9C2RC8J6+M7

Entry Name: 43, HIGH STREET (See details for further address information)

Listing Date: 7 January 1952

Last Amended: 16 March 1978

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1264728

English Heritage Legacy ID: 427048

Location: Totnes, South Hams, Devon, TQ9

County: Devon

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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No 43
(Formerly listed as
Nos 43 and 45)
SX 8060 SW 1/67A 7.1.52.


C14 or early C15, 2 storey merchant's house of "deux corps de batiments" type.
This is the best preserved late medieval house in Totnes. The front (shop) bay was
rebuilt and heightened in the later C16, probably by the Bogan family, and the rear
premises were remodelled at the same time. An original detached kitchen was joined
to the house in the C17, and the former small court infilled. Front refaced earlier
C19. 3 storeys. 2 windows. Modern slate roof. Timber-framed slate-hung front
with coved eaves cornice. 2 paired 2nd floor sash windows with architraves. Architraved
1st floor sash windows with side lights. Ground floor loggia over pavement carried
on Tuscan colums bearing entablature. Entrance to side passage on west side. Masonry
party walls C19 shop windows with colunnette mullions. Rear premises retain C14/15
moulded bressumer to 1st floor on west side, and remains of 10-light mullioned window
below to former medieval hall on ground floor. Hall window with moulded surround
and traces of wrought iron stay bars ; cut by C19 2 light, sash windows. Hall with
fine, open C14/15 fireplace with attached columns to jambs with foliated caps and
vase-type bases carrying moulded granite corbels and sloping hood with mantle carried
round to form sconce brackets; moulded hearth surround. Former medieval chamber
above hall retains remains of similar but smaller fireplace. Former hall with remains
of moulded ceiling beams masked by Elizabethan, decorated plaster ceiling with ribwork,
and beams enriched with strapwork and tulip motifs. Ground floor doorway from hall
former gallery with C15/C16 wooden, 4-centred arched head with chamfered surround
and original door hooks. Centre bay of house with remains of C16 newel staircase.
1st floor front room (former Elizabethan fore-hall) with decorated plaster ceiling
with ribwork and medallions inscribed E.B. and W.B. referring to Elizabeth and William
Bogan, mayor of Totnes in 1580. Good contemporary chimney piece of Beere stone
with low arched head in square opening with shields in spandrels; overmantel with
lozenges and medallions in strapwork with rosettes; relieving arch over. (of similar
C16 fireplace at No 11, High Street). Ground floor shop retains chamfered ceiling
beams with stopped ends, as does the present kitchen on the site of the former small
court and gallery. The square medieval kitchen block of random Devonian limestone
rubble survives much altered, with later staircase, openings and roof. Grade I for
medieval remains. (M Laithwaite).

Listing NGR: SX8011360462

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