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Breakaway Sports Centre breakaway Sports Club

A Grade II Listed Building in Wellswood, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.461 / 50°27'39"N

Longitude: -3.5207 / 3°31'14"W

OS Eastings: 292158

OS Northings: 63451

OS Grid: SX921634

Mapcode National: GBR QX.3F16

Mapcode Global: FRA 37JT.S90

Plus Code: 9C2RFF6H+9P

Entry Name: Breakaway Sports Centre breakaway Sports Club

Listing Date: 10 January 1975

Last Amended: 3 May 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206804

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390694

Location: Tormohun, Torbay, TQ1

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Wellswood

Built-Up Area: Torquay

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Torquay St Matthias

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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885-1/18/160 (North side)
10/01/75 Breakaway Sports Centre
(Formerly Listed as:
Church of the Holy Trinity)


Parish church, redundant and now in use as sports centre. 1894
by Watson and Watson on the site of an earlier chapel. Snecked
local grey limestone rubble with sandstone dressings; slate
roof, ornamental ridge tiles. Late example of Early
English/Decorated Revival.
PLAN: Nave; apsidal chancel; north and south aisles; north and
south transepts; north porch into transept; chapel and vestry
off chancel; north west tower. The conversion has involved
walling off the aisles and inserting a floor in the nave with
steps up from the former chancel.
EXTERIOR: 3-sided apse with 2-light Decorated traceried
windows. Transept windows 4-light and transomed, transepts
with angle buttresses. Porch on west wall of north transept
with a moulded 2-centred doorway with nook shafts. 5-bay
aisles have lean-to roofs; bays divided by buttresses with
set-offs; clerestory bays divided by pilasters. Triple lancets
to aisles; lancets to clerestory. 3-light Decorated traceried
window in west end of south aisle. 7-light west window with
Geometric Decorated tracery. 3-stage tower with angle
buttresses and a 3-sided stair turret on the east side; tall
stone spire supported by flying buttresses.
Tower has a richly moulded 2-centred arched west doorway and
pairs of large lancets to the other faces. Frieze of blind
trefoil-headed arcading to bottom stage. Belfry stage has big
paired louvred lancet openings and Y tracery. Trefoil-headed
arcade forms parapet. Octagonal corner pinnacles to angle and
flying buttresses have blind trefoil-headed arcade and conical
spire. 2-light lucarnes with Y tracery to 4 sides of spire.
INTERIOR: 5-bay aisles have octagonal piers with stiff-leaf
carved capitals. Nave open roof survives in first-floor
gymnasium: arched braced on stiff-leaf carved corbels. Chancel
polychromy, including stencilled wall decoration and the
painted roof survives from the level of the springing of the
window arches. Good stained glass intact: 3 east windows by
Drake; excellent west window of 1907 designed by Maurice Drake
and executed by Drake and Son (Devon Nineteenth-Century
Churches Project).
A very late example of Early English revival. The spire is an
important element in the townscape.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1952-1989:
P.848; Brooks C: Devon Nineteenth Century Churches Project

Listing NGR: SX9215863451

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