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Guild Hall (Including Borough Museum)

A Grade I Listed Building in South Molton, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0175 / 51°1'3"N

Longitude: -3.8344 / 3°50'3"W

OS Eastings: 271429

OS Northings: 125841

OS Grid: SS714258

Mapcode National: GBR L1.J2G6

Mapcode Global: FRA 26VF.B0S

Entry Name: Guild Hall (Including Borough Museum)

Listing Date: 20 August 1951

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106866

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96892

Location: South Molton, North Devon, Devon, EX36

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: South Molton

Built-Up Area: South Molton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Molton St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SOUTH MOLTON BROAD STREET
SS7025-7125 (south side)
5/5
Guild Hall (including
- Borough Museum)
20.8.51
GV I

1743 and 1773. The materials for the earlier phase of building were purchased at
the sale of features from Stowe, the demolished Charles II mansion in Cornwall in
1739 and the building therefore seems old fashioned for its date. 2 storeys
stuccoed, the ground floor rusticated. Slate roof. Upper storey carried over
pavement on 3 round-headed arches with keystones. First floor has 4 pilasters
with Corinthian capitals. Pediment with Royal Arms. Balustraded parapet with
urns. Wooden cupola with clock and weathervane. 2 cambered sashes with moulded
architraves and keystone. Central niche with bust of Hugh Squier (AD 1625-1710)
erected in 1910 with floral wreath below. The 1743 building contains the Court
Room, the Constable's Room and the Mayor's Parlour. In 1773 a 2-storey wing in
stone rubble was added at the rear to accommodate a large dining room for
hospitality to visiting notables, with kitchen and other offices below. This
wing is now known as the Old Assembly Room. The interior of the 1743 part
contains a good early C18 staircase with twisted balusters and dado panelling.
The Court Room on the first floor has a fine bracket cornice, panelling and fine
floral and gilded moulding to the architraves. The original early C18 jury benches
survive. (Kings Arms) made by William Puckridge of London in 1743. Pedimented
doorcases with 8 fielded panelled doors. Tne Mayor's Parlour also has cornices,
panelling and fireplace, most of the features having come from Stowe. The Old
Assembly Room has a good late C18 plain marble fireplace and panelling.


Listing NGR: SS7142925841

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