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Latitude: 50.4583 / 50°27'29"N
Longitude: -3.5086 / 3°30'30"W
OS Eastings: 293010
OS Northings: 63138
OS Grid: SX930631
Mapcode National: GBR QX.3J5F
Mapcode Global: FRA 37JV.BXM
Plus Code: 9C2RFF5R+8H
Entry Name: Hesketh Crescent and Attached Railings no 1-15 and Attached Railings
Listing Date: 20 November 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1206808
English Heritage Legacy ID: 390703
Location: Torbay, TQ1
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
SX9263 MEADFOOT SEA ROAD
885-1/18/169 Nos. 1-15 (consecutive) Hesketh
20/11/52 Crescent and attached railings
Includes: Nos.1-15 attached railings HESKETH CRESCENT.
Crescent of 15 houses, now divided into holiday flats and
hotel. 1846-48 by the younger Harveys for Sir Laurence Palk.
Plastered; roof concealed behind parapet; stacks with rendered
shafts with platbands.
PLAN: Concave terrace, each house double-depth on plan,
one-room wide with an off-centre door, centre five bays
conceived as one unit with a central doorway.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, basement and attic, the attic storey
raised at a later stage, eliminating the original central
pediment. 47-bay range. Centre 5 bays broken forward; ground
floor rusticated, first and second floors with fluted
Composite pilasters supporting an enriched entablature below a
deep projecting cornice with dentil and modillion friezes.
Attic storey windows also divided by pilasters, crowned with
urns. Windows reglazed with plate-glass timber sashes, the
ground floor with segmental heads, keyblocks and moulded
architraves; the first floor with alternating segmental and
triangular pediments on consoles.
The other houses mostly have round-headed ground-floor windows
with chanelled rusticated pilasters between; round-headed
doorways; first-floor piano nobile has cast-iron balconies
with anthemion pattern and tent roof with fretted fascias;
cable moulding at second-floor level and enriched friezes
below the cornice, matching the centre house.
End houses break forward with giant pilasters and first-floor
windows treated to match the centre house. The returns
pedimented. Fine set of area railings with spearhead finials
complement the more decorative iron balconies.
INTERIOR: Not inspected, but likely to retain features of
HISTORY: The centre house is said to have been the residence
of Sir Laurence Palk. Ellis mentions (without a reference)
that Hesketh Crescent was described as "the finest crescent in
the West of England".
Spectacularly-sited, overlooking the sea. This is the grandest
work in Torquay undertaken by the Harvey sons, whose father
built Higher Terrace (qv) in 1811.
(Ellis CA: An Historical Survey of Torquay, 2nd edition:
Listing NGR: SX9301063138
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