Tavistock

Ford Street - Architecturally varied street of town houses leading off from West Street and the Town Square - approx. 0.5miles away.

SOLD Freehold

 

Introduction

A fine town house with an intriguing history, set over three floors & currently providing a ground floor appartment & a 4 bedroomed family maisonette on the 1st & 2nd floors. Unusual for a property of this ilk, it also benefits from an outside store room, detached garden and a garage.

History -

27 Ford Street stands on site which, 700 years ago, was occupied by a leper hospital run by monks from Tavistock's monastery.  The main hospital was situated up the hill at Mount Ford, some 200m distant.  27 Ford Street with its fresh water spring, was used as a wash house for the hospital. 
 
With the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500s, the old building fell into ruin.  Then in the late 1600s, a set of alms houses was built along Ford Street (later rebuilt in the 19th century), a mill was constructed on Spring Hill directly above the existing house, and workers' cottages were creating leading up to it.  These cottages still stand in Ralph's Court, and one of these cottages forms part of the property now for sale.  27 Ford Street was enlarged with a grand three-storey frontage, and according to some records, as the Great Consuls mines expanded and Tavistock became an important centre for the distribution of locally-produced tin, it became an assayer's house.
 
Many locals still fondly remember the premises because the ground floor was converted into a shop - Mrs.Keitch's - which sold an eclectic range of goods from pipe tobacco to shoe laces, and penny sweets for passing school-children. 
 
The Facts -
Services : Mains water; drainage; electricity and gas. Gas central heating with new boiler - installed approx. 6 months ago.
Council Tax : Band B   www.westdevon.gov.uk  tel :01822 618800 

 Important Notice

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these sales particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. John Colton has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor