MSO12074 - Nos 26 and 28 Church Street, Dunster (Building)


The building has a roof divided into three bays by two raised cruck trusses, and at each end is a stone gabled wall. Some of the roof timbers show smoke blackening. The roof was noted to have a felling date of Winter 1329/30.

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17th century with later alterations. Rubble, pantiles, eaves, end gables, brick end chimney stack, tall square rubble front stack on exposed chimney breast. Two-storeys. 4 windows, leaded iron casements in wood frames, one sash. Later pentice hoods to ground floor windows. [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264665. First Listed on 06/11/1975. [2] The 2002 Conservation Area Character Assesssment for Dunster states "nos. 26 and 28 are 17th Century of stone rubble with pantile roof with brick end stack and a tall, square, stone rubble front stack. The windows, like many in Dunster, are mainly leaded iron casements in timber frames." [3] The buildings were visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. They received a BAR score of 6. [4] The building was subject to dendrochronological dating in 2015 by Tree-Ring Services, providing a felling date of Winter 1329/30. The building runs east to west, on the north side of Church Street. Internally, the roof is divided into three bays by two raised cruck trusses, and at each end is a stone gabled wall. One cruck truss has an apex type H, with a cranked collar and chamfered arch bracing. The other cruck truss has an apex type C. Some of the roof timbers show smoke blackening. Dating commissioned by Tim Taylor, as part of Dunster Dig Village. [5,6] The building is depicted on 2018 MasterMap data. The northern section is labelled "26" and the southern "28". [7] The building is mentioned in the 2018 Conservation Area Appraisal for Dunster. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Index: 4/8/1983. Twenty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of West Somerset (Somerset).
  • <2> Unassigned: Webster CJ, Historic Environment Record. 2005. Staff Comments, Somerset County Council.
  • <3> Report: Fisher, J.. 2002. Dunster Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Exmoor National Park Authority. p22.
  • <4> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <5> Article in serial: Alcock, A. and Tyers, C.. 2016. Tree-ring date lists 2016. Vernacular Architecture. 47:1. 69-106. 74.
  • <6> Report: Moir, A.. 2015. Dendrochronological analysis of oak timbers from three cruck buildings in Dunster, Somerset, England. 1, 5-6, 7, 12-13, 16, 17, 18, 21, 25.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #39151 ]
  • <8> Report: Pratt, N. and Thurlow, T.. 2018. Dunster Conservation Area: appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 35, 60, 92, Figures 32, 60.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 26/4/33/1
  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 26/4/33/2
  • Local List Status (Rejected)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34933



Grid reference Centred SS 9901 4360 (16m by 15m)
Map sheet SS94SE

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Sep 5 2022 2:11PM


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