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The Kings Arms

A Grade II Listed Building in South Zeal, Devon

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Latitude: 50.727 / 50°43'37"N

Longitude: -3.9146 / 3°54'52"W

OS Eastings: 264960

OS Northings: 93674

OS Grid: SX649936

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.8G6D

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P5.2QP

Plus Code: 9C2RP3GP+Q4

Entry Name: The Kings Arms

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1305662

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95044

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Tawton

Built-Up Area: South Zeal

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Public house, former house. Late C16 with C17 improvements, modernised circa 1970.
Plastered granite stone rubble with some cob; stone rubble and cob stacks with
granite ashlar chimneyshafts; thatch roof.
Plan and development: 4-room-and-through-passage plan house built along the street,
down the hillslope and facing south-west. The room uphill at the left end narrower
than the main block and it is an C18 extension. The former left end room was the
inner room and it once had an end stack backing onto the extension. The hall has a
large axial stack backing onto the passage. Service end room has a gable-end stack.
2-storey porch in front of passage. The late C16 house probably had an open hall
but was built with a stack and both inner and service end rooms were probably
floored from the beginning. The hall was floored in the C17. The porch may be
original, if not it was added in the early C17. Circa 1970 the bar was enlarged by
knocking all 3 rooms above the passage together. In doing this the inner room
fireplace was removed. C20 kitchen outshot to rear of hall. 2 storeys.
Exterior: 3:1 window front of C20 casements with glazing bars. The ground floor
one right of the porch (service end room) occupies the moulded granite frame of a
late C16 or C17 window missing its 2 mullions. It has a hoodmould with rosettes
carved on the labels. 2-storey porch right of centre has a half-hipped roof. Plain
outer doorway and C20 door to passage. No front window to room over; instead C20
casements with glazing bars either side. Granite mounting block on right side of
porch. Secondary door to cellar at left end. Roof is gable-ended to right and
hipped to left. All the ground floor rooms have plain soffit-chamfered axial or
crossbeams, the one in the service end room massive and with one end forking. Hall
and service end fireplaces are blocked by C20 grates. Good C18 cupboard with
panelled doors and H-hinges in the service end room. Roof over hall and inner room
carried on 2 true cruck trusses of massive scantling. Both are clean. Service end
roof not accessible. C18 extension has original A-frame trusses.
South Zeal is special being one of the few medieval boroughs where a large number of
buildings survive from the C16 and C17.

Listing NGR: SX6496093674

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