MSO9361 - Exmoor House / Dulverton Workhouse (Building)


Exmoor House, in Dulverton, was previously a workhouse. It was converted in the early 20th century.

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Exmoor House, in Dulverton, was previously a workhouse, and is marked as such on historic mapping. [1, 2] The history of the Dulverton Workhouse is told in Jack Hurley's 'Rattle His Bones'. [3] The Union workhouse is now Council offices. It was built in 1855 and coverted in the early 20th Century. It is built in a T-plan, facing south. It has two storeys. The building was first listed on 4 August 1986, Listed Building Number 429310. [4] Dulverton Workhouse was built in 1854. The architect was Edward Ashworth. It was built in a T shaped plan, with separate accommodation for males and females. As of the late 20th Century the buildings were used as offices by the Exmoor National Park Authority. [5] Exmoor House was used as a maternity home during World War Two. Many of the rooms have been used by a variety of organisations for a variety of purposes. These have included the British Red Cross, Wessex Water and the use of a section of the building for a mortuary. The building was damaged during the 1952 flood. More details on daily life at the workhouse, census details and floorplans are recorded. [6] In 1934 Exmoor House became a training centre for young girls brought up in children's homes. From the centre they went out into domestic service. After various uses, Exmoor House became the headquarters of Exmoor National Park Authority in 1974. [8] Additional bibliography. [9-18] The building was visited in February 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [19] A collection of information on the building is held by the Historic England Archive. [21] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [22] The building is mentioned in the 2019 Conservation Area Appraisal for Dulverton. [23]

Sources/Archives (23)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 67NE, 1905.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 7 July 1985.
  • <3> Monograph: Hurley, J.. 1974. Rattle His Bones. Exmoor Press.
  • <4> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . 36th List (4 August 1986).
  • <5> Website: Higginbotham, P.. 2001. The Workhouse.
  • <6> Report: Pearce, B.. 2007. Exmoor House.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Pearce, B.. 2007. Exmoor House Plans.
  • <8> Article in serial: Binding, H.. 2006. Are There Ghosts at Exmoor House?. West Somerset Free Press.
  • <9> Artefact: Dulverton Union Workhouse. Unknown. Dulverton Union Tickets.
  • <10> Leaflet: Exmoor National Park Authority. Exmoor House. Exmoor National Park Authority.
  • <11> Leaflet: Lowther, H.. Exmoor House: A Brief History. Exmoor National Park Authority.
  • <12> Monograph: Aston, M. and Leech, R.. 1977. Historic Towns in Somerset. Committee for Rescue Archaeology in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Survey Number 2. P.43.
  • <13> Monograph: Binding, H. + Bonham-Carter, V.. 1986. Old Dulverton and Around: Dulverton - Bury - Brushford - Exebridge. The Exmoor Press. P.8, 9, 28, 32, 36, Photographs.
  • <14> Article in monograph: Gathercole, C.. 2003. English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey: An Archaeological Assessment of Dulverton. The Somerset Urban Archaeological Survey. English Heritage. P.14.
  • <15> Report: Green, T., Humphreys, C. + Waterhouse, R.. Woodliving, Dulverton, Somerset: Results of an Archaeological Building Survey and Desk-Based Study. P.5.
  • <16> Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. c.2003. Dulverton Conservation Area Appraisal. p5, 8, 9, 13, 15, Photograph.
  • <17> Monograph: Dulverton and District Civic Society. 2002. The Book of Dulverton, Brushford, Bury and Exebridge. Halsgrove. P.15, 55-58, 99, 101, 103, 113, 152, 156, Photographs and plans.
  • <18> Monograph: Siraut, M.. 2009. Exmoor: The Making of an English Upland. Phillimore & Co. Ltd. 1st Edition. P.120, 142-143, 161, 162, Photographs.
  • <19> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <20> Leaflet: Exmoor National Park. ? After 1997. Exmoor House: A brief history.
  • <21> Collection: Morrison, K., and Garratt, T.. 1994. Volume: Dulverton Union Workhouse, Dulverton.
  • <22> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1114553, Extant 11 April 2022.
  • <23> Report: Pratt, N. and Thurlow, T.. 2019. Dulverton Conservation Area: appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 10, 16, 39, Figures 15, 43.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1648/15/66
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10837
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11982
  • Local Heritage List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NW32
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1114553
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31397
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34596



Grid reference Centred SS 9121 2796 (40m by 37m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS92NW

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Nov 14 2022 2:44PM


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