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Little Theatre

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wellswood, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.4577 / 50°27'27"N

Longitude: -3.515 / 3°30'54"W

OS Eastings: 292551

OS Northings: 63076

OS Grid: SX925630

Mapcode National: GBR QX.3NHJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 37JV.8FK

Plus Code: 9C2RFF5M+3X

Entry Name: Little Theatre

Listing Date: 10 January 1975

Last Amended: 3 May 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1218459

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390785

Location: Wellswood, 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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885-1/18/233 (East side)
10/01/75 Little Theatre
(Formerly Listed as:
Church of St Mark)


Parish church converted to theatre. 1856-57 to the designs of
A Salvin; chancel restored 1890-91 by Fulford, Tait and
Harvey. Snecked local grey limestone rubble with sandstone
dressings; slate roofs. Mostly Early English in style with
some Geometric Decorated details.
PLAN: Cruciform plan. Nave; chancel; lean-to aisles; crossing
tower; north and south transepts. Interior altered for present
use, with ticket office in west end, aisles screened off,
auditorium in nave.
EXTERIOR: Symmetrical west front, the nave buttressed, with a
3-light Geometric Decorated west window with nook shafts.
Moulded 2-centred west door with nook shafts and 2-leaf
boarded door with elaborate hinges flanked by vessicas
containing relief carvings of symbols of the evangelists.
Aisles have set-back buttresses and 2-light plate-traceried
west windows. Buttressed aisles have 2-light windows with
trefoil-headed lights below a roundel; trefoil-headed
one-light clerestory windows, arranged in pairs. Shallow
gabled porch on north side towards west with a moulded doorway
with nook shafts. North transept has tall, traceried one-light
windows with a roundel in the gable; octagonal turret in east
of transept with pyramidal stone roof. 5-light east window
with trefoil-headed lights.
Short crossing tower (unrestored after a collapse of 1856)
with clasping pilasters. Pyramidal roof and 5-light window to
east face.
INTERIOR: Conversion has largely obscured the ecclesiastical
fittings. Arch-braced roof to nave with very fine carved
corbel heads. Alabaster reredos by Hems; 1891 Art Nouveau
tiled sanctuary dado by Powell & Sons noted in Pevsner.
Important set of C19 stained glass windows including
work by Hardman, Kempe, Burlison and Grylls and Clayton and
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London:
1952-1989: P.849).

Listing NGR: SX9255163076

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