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Latitude: 50.4609 / 50°27'39"N
Longitude: -3.5152 / 3°30'54"W
OS Eastings: 292545
OS Northings: 63442
OS Grid: SX925634
Mapcode National: GBR QX.3GF8
Mapcode Global: FRA 37JT.VSH
Plus Code: 9C2RFF6M+9W
Entry Name: Frognel
Listing Date: 10 January 1975
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1208975
English Heritage Legacy ID: 390642
Location: Wellswood, 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 HIGHER WOODFIELD ROAD
885-1/18/117 (West side)
Large villa, used as hotel. Probably late 1840s/early 1850s.
Plastered; gabled half-hipped slate roof; stacks with
octagonal clustered shafts with coped bases and corbelled
caps. Tudor Gothic style.
PLAN: Rectangular double-depth main block, entrance on south
side into passage from which stair rises at right-angles.
Service wing at right-angles to north-east forms one side of
stable/service yard east of house.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, attic and basement. Deep eaves, the
verges with cusped pierced bargeboards with moulded pendants.
Almost symmetrical 3-bay front with 2 gables and a gabled
first-floor oriel in the centre. Projecting porch with coped
gable with kneelers and chamfered Tudor arched doorway.
Original inner door with vertical panels and Tudor arched
fanlight with intersecting glazing bars.
Windows with chamfered frames and moulded mullions, glazed
with casements with glazing bars; main windows with hoodmoulds
and transoms, first-floor outer windows with Venetian
shutters. Ground-floor window left C20, following removal of
conservatory, the position of which is marked by a moulded
Left return also 3-bay and originally symmetrical with canted
bays to left and right on the ground floor and central gabled
dormer. First floor window left altered with mid C20 addition
of deep balcony with sun lounge.
East elevation roofs have angled half-hips through which the
chimney-shafts project. To right of the entrance elevation, a
chamfered archway with octagonal piers gives access to the
service/stable yard. Elevations into this yard very altered.
INTERIOR: Retains original stick baluster stair; plaster
cornices; original joinery and marble chimneypieces. Late C19
plans for proposed billiard room and library (not built) hang
in the hall.
In spite of some alterations this is probably the best
surviving example of the Gothic type of Torquay villa where
rather quirky Gothic details are applied to a conventional
symmetrical stuccoed villa design.
Listing NGR: SX9254563442
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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