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Erith House

A Grade II Listed Building in Torquay, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.4643 / 50°27'51"N

Longitude: -3.5091 / 3°30'32"W

OS Eastings: 292984

OS Northings: 63811

OS Grid: SX929638

Mapcode National: GBR QX.3412

Mapcode Global: FRA 37JT.QQS

Plus Code: 9C2RFF7R+P8

Entry Name: Erith House

Listing Date: 3 May 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207668

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390465

Location: 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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Listing Text


885-1/18/478 (West side)
Erith House


House, built as a convalescent home. 1861 by JW Rowell and
still in use by the same Trust. Local grey limestone rubble
with red brick dressings; gabled slate roofs with crested
ridge tiles; stacks with stone shafts with cornices. Gothic
Revival style.
PLAN: Overall H-plan with a double-depth main block with an
axial corridor and crosswings at both ends. Porch projection
on E side with stair hall alongside to N.
EXTERIOR: Very complete. Almost symmetrical 5-bay entrance
front with coped gables to the crosswings. Centre 2 bays
slightly broken forward and gabled to the front with gabletted
roofs with cusped bargeboards and a corbelled stack between
with multiple shafts. Deep eaves on moulded corbels.
Polychromatic brick bands rise above the main windows, which
are stone, glazed with plate glass sashes with horizontal
glazing bars. Left (N) crosswing has a freestone canted bay on
the ground floor with hipped slate roof and tall lancet
windows with blind quatrefoils in the spandrels; triple lancet
to first floor above. Right crosswing has a pair of tall
lancets on the ground floor and a pair of crank-headed lancets
above with a quatrefoil window in the centre. Other windows
are arranged in pairs and threes and have chamfered stone
Entrance front in the same style has a projecting 3-storey
porch with a double-chamfered crank-arched doorway and
original timber door. Gabled stair projection to N of porch
has cusped bargeboards and a large mullioned and transomed
3-light window with trefoil-headed lights and a brick
super-ordinate arch.
INTERIOR: Very complete with original joinery, chimey-pieces
and an open well stair with vaulted ceiling. An interesting
building type in a good state of preservation, and a robust
design by a noteworthy local architect.

Listing NGR: SX9298463811

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

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