MDE20965 - Church Hill House, Lynton (Building)


An early to mid 19th Century house with shops on the ground floor. It probably originated as a symmetrical villa with a central gable to the street.

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Church Hill House. Early 19th Century, 2 storey, 5 windows at 1st floor. The 3 window portion left has flank pilasters and centre projection with front gable, 3-light 1st floor window with "gothic" panes above "gothic" entrance, and 19th Century shops at each side. Wide eaves projection. 2-window wing, right, splay bay with exposed frame window on each face, ornamental cast iron balustrade continuous across wing above 19th Century shop. [1] House with shop. Early to mid 19th Century. Rendered, slate roof. Original range probably a symmetrical villa with central gable to street, extended by 2 bays to right, slightly set back. Ground floor has 3 19c plaster shop fronts: that to left has original plate-glass display windows with thin cast-iron mullions. Centre unit is a 20th Century replacement within the pilasters, and right-hand unit is a symmetrical plate-glass front. Across this frontage are scant remains of cast-iron brackets which formerly carried a continuous decorative cast-iron balustrade to a shallow balcony. This appears in early photos, including one in bartlett of 1929. Under the gabled centre is a pair of 19th Century doors. A stack to each gable end. Interior not inspected. The shops do not retain significant original detail. [2] At Church Hill, is Church Hill House, an early-mid 19th century island group of house with shops. There is a steep fall to the south on the return to Queen Street. The main range is five bay with three canted oriel windows, and the ground floor has three late 19th century pilastered shop-fronts with moulded cornices. The best preserved is to the left with original plate glass display windows with cast-iron mullions and a tiled stall-riser, but all three retain some authentic detail. The listing details state “with the adjoining Old Coach House (see below), this is an important element of streetscape opposite St. Mary’s Church, and the two buildings between them occupy a complete triangular island block lying across a steep slope.” [6] The building was visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Lynton (3 Sept 1973) 5.
  • <2> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Lynton and Lynmouth (9 June 1995) 27.
  • <3> Report: Weddell, P.J.. 1992. Preliminary Archaeological Assessment of Lynton Sewage Treatment Works. 3.
  • <4> Report: Turton, S.D. + Weddell, P.J.. 1993. Preliminary Archaeological Assessment of Lynton/Lynmouth Sewage Treatment Works (Electricity Sub Station). 4.
  • <5> Monograph: Bartlett, T.. 1999. Postcard Views of North Devon: Combe Martin. Tower Books. 99.
  • <6> Report: Fisher, J.. 2002. Lynton: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. 16.
  • <7> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.



Grid reference Centred SS 7201 4944 (17m by 28m)
Map sheet SS74NW

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 858/1/4/11
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 24044
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/104

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Jun 9 2021 11:09AM


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