A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
October 30, 2022
The Card House, Ashburton
The Card House (also known as House o’ Cards or the Pack of Cards House) is described in Philip Knowling book, ‘Dartmoor Follies’ as: “….a folly in which you can go shopping”. The folly is at No 10 North Street, Ashburton and is located between the Bullring junction and the Town Hall. The building is now the Co-op (October 2022) but was once a gaming house, hence the numerous playing card punched patterns (ie Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades) that can be found on the upper floor slate hung facade. The centre of Ashburton dates back to medieval times but the building is recorded as being late 17th century (with a late 20th / early 21st century shop front – obviously!). Also of interest in the vicinity of the Card House is the former Mermaid Inn, which has links back to the English Civil War and the Town Hall which was built in the mid-19th century.
This post primarily has been written to cover the Card House folly as part of the ‘Dartmoor Explorations’ series on follies but also includes information on the former Mermaid Inn and the Town Hall. Information for the post has been obtained from the Philip Knowling book, ‘Dartmoor Follies’ as well as from the Dartmoor Historic Environment Record (HER).