South Tawton Church House

Facilities
  • Coach parking

  • Disabled access

  • Disabled toilets

  • Inside toilets

  • Kitchen available

  • Street parking

Description

The Church House, South Tawton, Devon is a small, robust and highly attractive late 15th century building, constructed of granite with a thatched roof. It lies just inside the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park, at the heart of the village of South Tawton, and is a Grade II* Listed historic building, in a Conservation Area, with the church of St Andrew rising dramatically behind it. The proximity of the building to this Grade 1 church, in the centre of the village, is a significant attraction for visitors to the area.

The building is south facing with, on the ground floor, an entrance lobby, ramped to a large hall on one side and a food preparation area and toilets on the other. The first floor is reached by external granite steps, with a large hall and a smaller display/audio visual room.

Church House is an outstanding example of a special type of medieval community building. The community of the Parish of South Tawton has used Church House for over 500 years and remarkably it is still owned by the Incumbent and Church Wardens, as Trustees on behalf of the Parish and is run by the Church House Management Committee. Local documentary evidence (which begins in 1524) has produced data about the history of farming, land management and the evolution of the distinct group of community buildings called "Church Houses" during the Reformation; a period of major importance in national history.

A special feature is the roof structure, which preserves cruck trusses and rare smoke-blackened thatch. It has recently undergone a complete restoration costing a third of a million pounds, funded by The Heritage lottery Fund (78%) and seventeen other major donors (22%) and now fulfils the dual role of Heritage Visitor Centre (Sundays: May, June and October - Wednesdays and Sundays: July, August and September) and a Bookable Function Hall (exhibitions, away days, concerts, training, lectures, social events, etc.)

There is a ramped entrance to the ground floor, a sound loop and a ground floor DVD facility, for viewing the first floor features (timbers, thatch, etc.) for those who cannot get there, together with changing room/disability toilet facilities and a modern food preparation area

Although the hall has no permanent drinks licence, the Seven Stars Inn is within 100 paces of Church House and they will cater for you by arrangement.

Activities & Services
Activity Type Description
Arts
Painting classes and exhibitions - hangings available
Education
Away days and training courses
Education
Concerts, talks, plays, fetes, mummers, etc
Indoor Physical
Yoga classes
Other
Architectural and Historical groups
Public Meeting
Village activities, committee meetings, etc
Social Groups
Weddinds, Christenings and Funerals
Rooms available
Room name Description Seating (at tables) Standing capacity
First floor
50 seats, 25 at tables
70
Feasting Hall
First floor
Archive Display and AV
8
15
Heritage room
Ground floor
50 seats, 25 at tables
75
Grand Hall
Small kitchen
Food preparation area
Toilets
A male toilet and a disability/female/baby changing toilet facility.