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Victorian Shopping Arcade

A Grade II Listed Building in Torquay, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.4611 / 50°27'39"N

Longitude: -3.5227 / 3°31'21"W

OS Eastings: 292014

OS Northings: 63471

OS Grid: SX920634

Mapcode National: GBR QX.3DJH

Mapcode Global: FRA 37HT.ZCJ

Plus Code: 9C2RFF6G+CW

Entry Name: Victorian Shopping Arcade

Listing Date: 23 May 1973

Last Amended: 3 May 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1280016

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390851

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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885-1/18/283 (South side)
23/05/73 Nos.3-21 (Odd)
Victorian Shopping Arcade
(Formerly Listed as:
Compass Club and Torquay Motors)


Designed as a theatre but never completed; in use as shopping
precinct. 1909-15. To designs of PR Wood. Bathstone ashlar;
roof concealed behind parapet; stacks with stone shafts with
moulded cornices. Neo-Baroque style.
PLAN: On a corner site, long side to Torwood Street, entrance
on return, facing up Torwood Street. Interior gutted for
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Grand symmetrical 1:5:1-bay elevation to
Torwood Street. Ground-floor bays divided by rusticated piers
with fascia and projecting cornice on brackets. Centre 5 bays
broken forward and divided, above ground floor, by giant
engaged Ionic columns with an entablature and dentil cornice
below the parapet. Large windows with moulded architraves and
overlights glazed with small panes. Recessed outer bays with
rusticated quoins. Round-headed windows have eared
architraves, moulded keystones and sill brackets; panels below
carved with names of Irving and Garrick. Statue groups of Fame
and Justice over outer bays. The entrance elevation on the
left return is 1:3:1 bays, the centre 3 bays, canted,
pedimented and broken forward on Doric columns, upper storey
divided by Ionic pilasters, relief of Neptune in pediment.
INTERIOR: Modernised.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Cherry B: Devon: London:
1952-1989: P.856).

Listing NGR: SX9201463471

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