MSO12107 - Riverside, 22 Park Street, Dunster (Building)


An 18th Century two storey building with later extension to the rear. It has colourwashed roughcast render with a pantile roof. Internally, the original building has two lower rooms with no central passage, with a stair turret accessing the first floor landing to provide access to two further rooms. The corners of the buildings have been buttressed.

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18th century with later alterations. Colourwashed rough-cast, pantiles with straight eaves, brick and stone stacks. Two storeys. Two windows, one 3-light leaded iron casement, others wood casements. Central plain door, later hood on brackets, corrugated iron roof. [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264702. First Listed on 22/05/1969. [2] The building is situated within Dunster's Conservation Area. [3] 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. [4] The building was assessed in advance of a planning application for a proposed rear extension and internal alterations. The cottage is constructed of rubble stone, potentially with some cob and finished with a roughcast white painted render, set under a gable end roof covered in pantiles. Each gable has a chimney serving it with brick stacks. The building has been extended centrally to the rear, first only on the ground floor but with a first floor added later, and with lean tos added to either side of the extension. The interior of the original cottage comprises two rooms with no central passage. Each has an inglenook fireplace and a stair turret with a newel stair rises to the rear of the southern room, with the roof extending in a catslide to accommodate the stair. The extension accomodates a kitchen on the ground floor. The first floor of the cottage has a landing within the body of the original building. It gives access to two bedrooms and an opening in the rear, west wall into the extension where there is a third bedroom and bathroom. The landing and bedrooms have the exposed feet of an apparently 18th Century roof structure, where the lower ties of the trusses have been cut at some time (probably for additional head height), accounting for the external buttressing to the building. Binding suggests that the property is one of the oldest in Dunster but if so, the cottage has been significantly rebuilt as the roof is not likely to predate the 18th Century. The ground plan of the property has changed over time and is shown on historic mapping. The ground floor of the extension appears to have been added as a lean to structure between 1840 and 1889 and the first floor between 1904 and 1929. Riverside is a well preserved example of a humbler worker's cottage despite the rear extension as the addition has been made in a way that allows the original plan form, character and appearance of the cottage to be readily appreciated. It is therefore an important survival. [5] The building is depicted but not labelled on 2018 MasterMap data. [6] The building is mentioned in the 2018 Conservation Area Appraisal for Dunster. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <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. p23.
  • <4> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <5> Report: Anon.. 2018. Riverside, 22, Park Street, Dunster: Heritage appraisal and impact assessment in consideration of proposed rear extension.
  • <6>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #39185 ]
  • <7> Report: Pratt, N. and Thurlow, T.. 2018. Dunster Conservation Area: appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 46, 93, Figure 45.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 26/4/70
  • Local List Status (Rejected)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34970



Grid reference Centred SS 9895 4328 (13m by 11m)
Map sheet SS94SE

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Sep 5 2022 2:15PM


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