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Cary Estate Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Torquay, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.4618 / 50°27'42"N

Longitude: -3.5256 / 3°31'32"W

OS Eastings: 291813

OS Northings: 63557

OS Grid: SX918635

Mapcode National: GBR QV.XCT0

Mapcode Global: FRA 37HT.Y25

Plus Code: 9C2RFF6F+PQ

Entry Name: Cary Estate Office

Listing Date: 3 May 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1218094

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390740

Location: Torbay, TQ2

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Tormohun

Built-Up Area: Torquay

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Torquay St John

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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885-1/17/202 (West side)
Cary Estate Office


Office of the Cary Estate. Probably 1859 when the building
became the Devon and Cornwall Bank (Ellis, p.276). Became the
Cary Estate Office in 1908. Rock-faced breccia, brought to
course; polished pink granite, terracotta and Ham Hill
dressings; slate roof, rounded at the north end with a fleche,
gabled to south; stacks with brick shafts with cornices.
Basically Italianate style with some Rococco detail.
PLAN: On a prominent corner site facing north up Fleet Street
with a rounded corner.
EXTERIOR: Tall and narrow. 3 storeys and attic 5-bay rounded
north end, 4 bays to each side. Bays divided by pilasters,
rusticated to ground and first floors, panelled to second
floor. Projecting cornice at first-floor level, platbands to
second floor and below dentil eaves cornice. Large
ground-floor windows with moulded architraves and rounded
upper corners, C20 glazing with glazing bars. Other windows
glazed with 2-pane sashes. First-floor windows with
swan-necked pediments and moulded architraves; second-floor
windows flanked by pilasters. Centre front bay has segmental
pediment over first-floor window and pedimented dormer above
eaves cornice. Flat-roofed single-storey bay to left of curved
end has pilasters flanking on 2-tier plate glass window. Large
round-headed doorway on east end in wider end bay with moulded
architrave and keystone, paired windows above. Rear end wall
stuccoed with first-floor access onto 3-bay single-storey
flat-roofed block at south end. This has a pretty 1830s
anthemia cast-iron balustrade.
INTERIOR: Not inspected but may retain features of interest.
The Cary family, along with the Palk family, were responsible
for the development of Torquay in the C19.
(Ellis CA: An Historical Survey of Torquay, 2nd edition:
1930-: P.276).

Listing NGR: SX9181363557

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