MEM22220 - Former Primary School, Porlock (Building)


The school opened in 1879 and has an early 20th Century extension, during which the integral Ordnance Survey benchmark moved location. It is built of randomly coursed local sandstone and has a slate roof. The school is now a library.

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Nearby, is the former Primary School, (now a resource centre), dating from the mid-late 19th Century with a later extension (early 20th Century) built of randomly coursed local sandstone with slate roof. [1] The present school was opened in 1879. The first schoolmaster was Mr John Orchard who lived in Doverhay. [2] The 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps show the school in its original form, with the western extension not built. The Ordnance Survey benchmark was originally sited on the southwest corner of the building, on its western elevation, and had a value of 119. [4,5] Modern Ordnance Survey mapping shows that the early 20th Century extension was to the west. [6] The Ordnance Survey benchmark is now sited on the northwest corner of the building, on the quoin on the northern elevation. [7] John Orchard lived at Locks Cottage and was schoolmaster at the school. He was born in 1830 in Selworthy and was married to Mary, born in 1834 in Brendon. [8]

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  • --- Photograph: Gardner, J.. 2013. RE: Exmoor HER web site: John Orchard Porlock school. B/W. Digital.
  • <1> Report: Fisher, J.. 2002. Porlock: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p22.
  • <2> Monograph: Corner, Dennis. 1992. Porlock in Those Days. Exmoor Books. p26.
  • <3> Report: Pratt, N.. 2013. Porlock Conservation Area: Appraisal Document. 44, 78.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap.
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. C Dove, 26 June 2014.

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  • Local List Status (Unassessed)



Grid reference Centred SS 8843 4678 (28m by 20m)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Aug 17 2020 12:10PM


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