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Description: Durant Arms Public House
Date Listed: 26 April 1993
English Heritage Building ID: 100931
OS Grid Reference: SX8188657085
OS Grid Coordinates: 281886, 57085
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4017, -3.6633
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Durant Arms Public
Public House in estate village. Formerly known as Ashprington Arms. Mid Cl9
remodelling or rebuilding of an earlier building. Rendered stone rubble, the
left hand cross-wing has painted exposed stone rubble walls. Slate roof with
gable ends and deep eaves; the right hand end has plain bargeboards and a
pendant at the apex and the left hand cross-wing and one of the 2 dormers
have ornate wooden bargeboards also with pendants. Left hand gable end stack
and an axial stack near the right-hand end have brick shafts.
Plan: Although there may be earlier fabric it was totally remodelled if not
rebuilt entirely in the mid C19. There is a cross-wing to the left with a
side stack which is said to have been the innkeepers accommodation;an entrance
into a stairhall at the centre and 2 rooms to the right heated from back-to-
back fireplaces in an axial stack, the smaller right hand end room is said to
have been a cider bar and the larger room was also a bar. The cross-wing was
originally partitioned axially and there is an internal window from the rear
room to the entrance hall. In the C20 this axial partition was removed and
the wing with the outshut on the left had side became the bars and the 2 right
hand rooms have become the publican's private accommodation.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4 window range with projecting cross-wing
to left with C19 moulded wooden canted bay window on ground floor with diamond
leaded panes and slate hipped roof, and a C19 2-light window above with
moulded wooden frame with diamond leaded panes, the left hand light has iron
frame casement, and a bracketed moulded sill. Similar casements in the main
range to the right except that the left hand of the ground floor is of 3
lights and the left hand of the two first floor windows which are in half
dormers is a C20 replacement. Plank door under the open porch in the angle
with the left hand cross-wing; the porch has a hipped slate roof and chamfered
timber posts with arched braces.
A single storey lean-to on the left hand side of the cross-wing has a hipped
roof and plank door on the front with a diamond-paned 2-light casement to its
Interior: retains some of its Cl9 joinery including panelled doors and a
dog-leg staircase with steel balusters, turned newel, moulded had rail and
closed string. A C19 16-pane sash window inside the entrance hall to a back
room is said to have been where wages and rents were paid.
Note: There is an early C19 painting (a photograph of which is in the
possession of the present occupant) which depicts a building on this site
approximately the same shape as the existing building. It is said that the
building was built in 1725 according to the deeds.
Included for group value.
Listing NGR: SX8188657085
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Source: English Heritage
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