MSO12142 - The Stags Head, West Street, Dunster (Building)


A building thought to date to the mid 15th Century, altered in the 19th Century and now a public house.

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Early 19th century frontage, fabric possibly earlier. Render, plain end pilasters, plinth, cornice, plain parapet with moulded coping, slate and double Roman tiles. Two-storeys, right-hand half of frontage breaks slightly forward. Four windows, wooden casements in flat-headed openings with stepped voussoirs. Square-headed recessed door opening. [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264737. First Listed on 22/05/1969. [2] The 2002 Character Appraisal for Dunster Conservation Area states that "the Stags Head Inn (no. 10) is an early 19th century rendered frontage to a possibly earlier structure with end pilasters, recessed door, four wooden casement windows in flat-headed openings with stepped voussoirs." [3] The Monarch record for the building states that it is a medieval mid 15th Century house, altered in the 19th Century and now a public house. However, no source is provided for this information. [4] 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. [5] A dendrochronological sample was taken from the building in 2015 but this failed to date the structure. [6,7] The building is shown on the Tithe Map for Dunster and labelled 83. The Apportionment describes it as a house and garden, owned by John Nation and occupied by William Prideaux. (The Stags Head Inn was further up the street, in the building recorded as MSO12140). [8] The building is labelled "New Inn" on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it had been converted into an inn fairly recently. [9] The building is depicted and labelled "PH" and "10" on 2018 MasterMap data. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <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> Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. 2002. Dunster Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p22.
  • <4> Archive: English Heritage. National Monuments Record / AMIE / Monarch entry - viewable via Pastscape. Reference: 521833.
  • <5> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <6> Article in serial: Alcock, A. and Tyers, C.. 2016. Tree-ring date lists 2016. Vernacular Architecture. 47:1. 69-106.
  • <7> Report: Moir, A.. 2015. Dendrochronological analysis of oak timbers from three cruck buildings in Dunster, Somerset, England. 7, 12-13, 17, 18, 24.
  • <8> Map: 1842. Dunster Tithe Map and Apportionment. 6 chains = 1 inch. Land parcel 83.
  • <9> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <10>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #39177 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9897 4354 (49m by 24m)
Map sheet SS94SE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 26/4/104
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE91
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NBR Index Number: 41933
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 521833
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35009

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Jan 21 2020 1:32PM


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