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Melbourne Tower Hotel and Tower Hall Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in Paignton, Torbay

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4623 / 50°27'44"N

Longitude: -3.545 / 3°32'42"W

OS Eastings: 290433

OS Northings: 63641

OS Grid: SX904636

Mapcode National: GBR QV.X6TX

Mapcode Global: FRA 37GT.W5T

Entry Name: Melbourne Tower Hotel and Tower Hall Hotel

Listing Date: 3 May 1994

Last Amended: 17 May 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206836

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390778

Location: Torbay, TQ2

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Cockington-with-Chelston

Built-Up Area: Paignton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Cockington St George and St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


TORQUAY

SX9063 ROUSDOWN ROAD, Chelston
885-1/17/340 (West side)
Melbourne Tower Hotel and Tower Hill
Hotel

GV II

Pair of villas, both in use as hotels. 1870s. Plastered;
natural slate roofs with wrought-iron finials; stacks with
rendered shafts with deep moulded cornices and shaped sunk
panels.
PLAN: Mirror-plan pair, each with front wings, entrances on
the outer returns and rear service wings at right-angles.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and half-basement with 3-storey entrance
towers. Lavish external detail. Each entrance elevation has a
projecting central 3-stage tower with a pyramidal roof; one
window to the left, elevation blind to the right. Deep eaves
with dentil cornice; moulded sill band; platband.
Tower with pilaster strips; round-headed doorway and
round-headed windows with keyblocks to the returns. Projecting
cornice with dentil frieze at first floor level with stucco
pediment over. 2nd stage has paired round-headed windows with
moulded architraves and keyblocks. Triple windows to 3rd stage
of tower with paired pilasters.
To left of the tower one ground- and one first-floor 2-pane
sash. To right of the tower a shallow projecting sash. The
2-window front elevation of each villa has a gabled outer wing
with a 2-storey canted bay. Gable decorated with stucco arch;
bay with brattished balustrading to left and right.
Ground-floor windows square-headed with proud architraves;
first-floor windows round-headed, all glazed with 2-pane
sashes. Shallower 1-bay projection towards centre has
similarly treated windows and hipped roof. Division between
villas marked by pilaster. Tower Hill Hotel, to the right, has
a single-storey flat-roofed addition to left of the entrance
tower.
INTERIOR: Not inspected but likely to retain features of
interest.
A grand typically Torbay design in a prominent position in
Chelston, an unspoiled C19 suburb of Torquay.


Listing NGR: SX9043363641

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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