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4, North Street

A Grade II Listed Building in Ashburton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5157 / 50°30'56"N

Longitude: -3.756 / 3°45'21"W

OS Eastings: 275601

OS Northings: 69906

OS Grid: SX756699

Mapcode National: GBR QJ.1SZL

Mapcode Global: FRA 370P.QK4

Plus Code: 9C2RG68V+7J

Entry Name: 4, North Street

Listing Date: 7 August 1951

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1279741

English Heritage Legacy ID: 376084

Location: Ashburton, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Ashburton

Built-Up Area: Ashburton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ashburton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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849-1/10/104 (East side)
07/08/51 No.4


House and shop; reputed to have been the Mermaid Inn in C17.
Late medieval, remodelled C16/17; mid C19 shop front. Rendered
solid front; granite archway. Slated roof. Stone-rubble
chimney with tapered cap on each gable end. 2 storeys with
garret. 2 widely-spaced windows wide. To right of ground
storey a chamfered, pointed granite arch; recessed within it a
studded plank door with square-headed C17 wood frame, ovolo
and hollow-moulded with urn stops. To left of it a blocked
doorway (now a 2-paned shop window) with lower jamb stones of
chamfered granite; relieving arch of slatestone voussoirs.
Remainder of ground storey occupied by shop front with
half-glazed door flanked by 4-paned canted display windows.
Entablature across the whole shop front, surmounted by a name
board and blindcase. Upper storey has 8-paned sash windows in
recessed box-frames; these are set in wider blocked openings
with the terminals of former hood-moulds at either end. 2
pent-roofed dormers, their lower parts cutting into the top of
the wall; small-paned Yorkshire sash to left, 3-light wood
casement with 3 panes per light to right.
Town houses with medieval exterior detail are very rare in
Devon. In 1646, during the Civil War, General Fairfax is
traditionally believed to have made his headquarters here. In
1637 Lawrence Blundell placed a ยป4 per annum rent charge on
the Mermaid Inn, payable to Ashburton Grammar School.
(Pilkington F: Ashburton. The Dartmoor Town: Callington,
Cornwall: 1978-: 72; White W: Directory of Devonshire:
Sheffield: 1850-: 464).

Listing NGR: SX7560169906

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