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Terraced Gardens and All Associated Garden Buildings at Castle Tor

A Grade II Listed Building in Wellswood, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.4635 / 50°27'48"N

Longitude: -3.5024 / 3°30'8"W

OS Eastings: 293461

OS Northings: 63713

OS Grid: SX934637

Mapcode National: GBR QX.3CQ6

Mapcode Global: FRA 37KT.TJW

Plus Code: 9C2RFF7X+C2

Entry Name: Terraced Gardens and All Associated Garden Buildings at Castle Tor

Listing Date: 18 April 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206820

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390737

Location: Castle Tor, Torbay, TQ1

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Wellswood

Parish: Non Civil Parish

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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885-1/19/201 (East side)
18/04/85 Terraced gardens and all associated
garden buildings at Castle Tor


Garden with terrace retaining walls, flights of steps,
pergolas, paving and ponds, fountains, a well and garden
ornaments, an orangery, a lookout tower, a gatehouse and
railings etc c1929-34 by Fred Harrild for H Pickersgill.
Coursed limestone rubble from Somerset with freestone
PLAN: 4 terraces on a steeply-sloping site overlooking the
bay, with terrace retaining walls with a slight batter and
castellated pargets which break forward on corbels.
EXTERIOR: Tower terrace has a medieval-inspired gatehouse with
a portcullis, machicolations and arrow loops. The flight of
steps through the gatehouse archway rises to the next terrace,
which has an ornamented wall and a fountain in the form of a
nicely-stylised dragon gargoyle, cast in lead.
The terrace above has a round tower overlooking the gatehouse
below, with a similar dragon gargoyle. This level is the main
terrace and the linear pond and circular garden at the end are
keyhole-shaped on plan. The long canal-like pond with stepping
stones across, is overlooked by an orangery with a Tuscan
colonnade and flanking niches. At the end of the pond is a
complicated flight of steps to the next terrace.
At the other end of the terrace an arched opening in the
retaining wall leads to stairs in a shaft which rises to the
terrace above. At this level there is a small formal sunken
garden with pergolas supported on Tuscan columns. The sunken
garden is situated beside the contemporary house (Castle Tor),
which is not included in the listing.
On the other side of the house a flight of steps rises to the
top level through a series of circular arches which frame a
vista down to the sea.
There are only vestiges of the original planting including
some of the topiary and box hedges but the structures are
completely intact including the decorative wrought-iron
railings at the lower boundary with Lincombe Drive.

Listing NGR: SX9346163713

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