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Kirkham House

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The Parlour at Kirkham House

Kirkham House is a late medieval stone house in Paignton, Devon, England.


It is not known when Kirkham House was built, although the design suggests that it is of 14th or 15th century origin. It has been called "The Priest's House", suggesting a link with the church, but it may have been built as the residence of a prosperous local merchant. The ground floor of the house consists of a parlour and a large vaulted hall that would have been used for entertaining guests, while the first floor has a gallery and three bedchambers. The kitchen was an outbuilding that exists today only as a few ruined walls, and there is a small garden adjacent to the house.[1]

Mrs Ada Frances Jennings bequeathed the house to the nation in 1960, together with a sum of money for its repair. The stone and plasterwork have been extensively renovated, but many of the original oak beams and carvings can still be seen. The building contains reproduction furniture and tapestries in the medieval style.[2]


Map showing the location of Kirkham House within Devon.

Kirkham House is managed by English Heritage, and it is open to the public at certain times of year. The building is located off Cecil Road at Ordnance Survey map reference SX885610.[3]

See also


  1. "History of Kirkham House". English Heritage. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. Kirkham House. Department of the Environment. 1980. ISBN 0116710640. 
  3. "Kirkham House, Paignton". English Heritage. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 

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