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Freemasons Lodge of St John

A Grade II Listed Building in Torquay, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.46 / 50°27'35"N

Longitude: -3.523 / 3°31'22"W

OS Eastings: 291993

OS Northings: 63345

OS Grid: SX919633

Mapcode National: GBR QX.3DGQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 37HV.5BB

Plus Code: 9C2RFF5G+XR

Entry Name: Freemasons Lodge of St John

Listing Date: 21 January 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206823

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390747

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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885-1/17/209 (East side)
21/01/85 Freemasons Lodge of St John


Freemason's Lodge of St John. 1857 (dated rainwater head), to
the designs of Edward Appleton. Snecked local grey limestone
with polychromatic brick and Bathstone dressings; slate roof
with lead rolls and ventilation pot (flache missing); stone
stack with stone shaft. Venetian Gothic style.
PLAN: Built into the side of Vane Hill. Tall 3-bay block to
the north, originally arranged as the meeting room and library
of the Torquay Natural History Society; masonic hall above.
Lower roofed block to the south includes doorway in a canted
corner, former robing room and staircase.
EXTERIOR: 3-bay main block with fancy moulded brick corbels
under the eaves. Three 3-light windows, each light
trefoil-headed with brick banding, divided by shafts. The
windows are in chamfered 2-centred arched recesses with
polychromatic detail in the tympanum. 3 corbelled dormers, the
outer ones with 2-light windows matching those below. Central
dormer with battered sides. Masonic symbols in gables.
2-centred triple-chamfered doorway in canted corner with a
brick arch and shafts. Original stone porch hood on brackets;
2-light window over matching the others, 2 one-light
trefoil-headed windows to left of porch. The left return has a
stone Star of David window, the right return has an upper
doorway (converted from a window) reached by a bridge from the
steps up to Vane Hill.
INTERIOR: Open roof to masonic lodge (1985 list description).
Access to interior unobtainable.
A handsome, roguish example of Venetian Gothic Revival.

Listing NGR: SX9199363345

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