St. Patrick’s House, Church Street

A local estate agent describes St Patricks as a substantial Grade II Listed house with outbuildings, and two self-contained cottages. The main reasons for the listing are the symmetrical sash windows to front, some with internal shutters, beautiful dog leg staircase with carved wooden rail and bobbin baluster, and a stunning cornice in the principal bedroom. The house has many wonderful period features and overlooks St Andrew’s Church. Set back from the main road there is a high degree of privacy with large gardens and parking.

Once identified as “Stoneyford House” and occupied by William Froude from 1842-44. It occupied the position of the present No. 1, Church Street, which is at present known as St. Patrick’s House and sometimes referred to as “the Doctor’s House”.

Steeped in history, the Grade-II listed property was built in 1820 and was for 100 years the home and surgery of the town doctor. The property later became offices, but in recent years St Patricks has been the home of antique dealers.

Residents

Reverend Walker Gray

This vicar was presented to the parish of Cullompton on 9 November, 1814 and left in 1819.

William Froude

The tithe apportionments for Cullompton parish are well document and contain the following entry:

LandownerOccupierNo. on planName and Description of Land and PremisesState of CultivationQuantity   in Statute measurePayable to Vicar
Reverend Walker GRAYWilliam FROUDE2479Stoneyford House, Lawn & GardenGarden0 1 001d
Extract from the Cullompton Parish tithe appointments

Plot 2479 was occupied by William Froude and consisted of house, lawn and garden. The owner was the Reverend Walker Gray who had been vicar of Cullompton.

After Froude, certain occupants of the house which he occupied can be identified as members of the medical profession:

  • 1871 RG10/2167/5/2, Church Street, Cullompton – POTTER Samuel R, Head M 43, M.D, Dublin University, General Practitioner, b. Ireland
  • 1881 RG11/2233/4/2, Church Street, Cullompton

 POTTER Samuel R, Head M 53, M.D, Dublin University, General Practitioner, b. Longford, Ireland

  • 1891 Census RG12/1763/4/1, Church Street, Cullompton

 POTTER Dulcabelle, Head W 54, Living on her own means, b. Bradninch, Devon

  • 1901 Census RG13/2133/10/1, Church Street, Cullompton

 POTTER Dulcabelle Jane, Head W 54, Living on own means, b. Bradninch, Devon

  • 1906 – Western Times – Wednesday 28 November, New Magistrates for Devon. – An adjourned Quarter Sessions for the County of Devon was held the Castle of Exeter, yesterday, before Mr. R. H. Watson (chairman), T. H. Hepburn, and the Rev. W. D. Pitman. The following was sworn in as a Justice of the County: Edward Fitzgerald Massy Alleyne, Cullompton.
  • 1911 Census RG14/282/2/8, St. Patrick’s, Church Street, Cullompton, Devon

ALLEYNE Edward F M, Head M 44, Physician and Surgeon, b. Bombay, India

  • 1927 – Exeter Gazette, Friday, July 15 – The engagement is announced between Hugh Massy Alleyne, the King’s Own Royal Regiment, only son of Dr E.F. Massy Alleyne, J.P., and Mrs Massy Alleyne, St. Patrick’s, Cullompton, Devonshire, and Cicely Frances, elder daughter of Capt. C.W. Firebrace, J.P., late 7th Hussars, and Mrs Firebrace, Elmistone Court, Preston Canterbury, Kent.

(viii)        1933 – F.C.J. Baker, of St Patrick’s, Cullompton, surgeon.

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – Saturday 07 October 1933

  • 1938 – Friday 29 April 1938 – Marriage of Mr. L.T. Westray and Miss D.B. Baker (the only daughter of Dr & Mrs. F.C.J. Baker of St. Patrick’s, Cullompton)
  • 1939 – Dr Baker leaving Cullompton
Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette) – Tuesday 09 May 1939.
  • The wedding, took place at Park Church, Dundee, on August 19, of Dr Russell Shove, of St. Patrick’s House, Cullompton, and Miss Jenny Maclean Murray Cullompton, and Miss Jenny Maclean Murray, at Park Church, Dundee
  • 1945 – Mrs. Russell-Shove advertises for Domestic assistance.
Western Morning News – Wednesday 14 November 1945
  • 1946 – Mrs. Russell-Shove gives birth to a daughter.
Dundee Courier – Tuesday 26 November 1946