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Old Town Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Torquay, Torbay

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4652 / 50°27'54"N

Longitude: -3.5275 / 3°31'38"W

OS Eastings: 291686

OS Northings: 63938

OS Grid: SX916639

Mapcode National: GBR QV.X59J

Mapcode Global: FRA 37HT.PL0

Plus Code: 9C2RFF8F+32

Entry Name: Old Town Hall

Listing Date: 10 January 1975

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1291593

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390870

Location: Tormohun, Torbay, TQ2

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Tormohun

Parish: Non Civil Parish

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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Description



TORQUAY

SX9163 UNION STREET
885-1/17/289 Old Town Hall
10/01/75

GV II

Old Town Hall. 1851-2 to the designs of Mr Dixon, the town
surveyor. Local grey Torquay limestone, brought to course,
with rock-faced quoins and Bathstone dressings; main roofs
concealed behind parapets, tiled hipped roof to tower; stacks
with stone shafts. Italianate style.
PLAN: On a wedge-shaped site between Abbey Road and Union
Street with entrances both sides. 3-stage clock tower facing
down Fleet Street.
EXTERIOR: 2 and 3 storeys. Principal 3-bay elevation to Union
Street plus one bay to tower to left. Stone eaves brackets to
cornice with parapet. Moulded string to first floor; platband
to second floor. Centre bay broken forward and pedimented.
Segmental-headed doorways to each bay on the ground floor. 3
first-floor windows with stone architraves, pediments on
consoles and balustrades below the sill, centre window
tripartite. 3 first-floor windows with stone architraves and
consoles. 2-storey block to left with balustrade with
round-headed arcade. 1:3:1-bay rear (Abbey Road) elevation in
similar but plainer style. Dramatic 3-stage Italianate clock
tower with shallow hipped roof with moulded projecting eaves
on stone brackets; string courses. One-light and paired
round-headed windows with stone architraves; doorway on Abbey
Road side; oculus on Fleet Street side; clock faces in stone
frames. Blue tiled Abbey Road street sign with white letters
fixed to building.
INTERIOR: Partly disused. Rear section in use as restaurant;
historic features either removed or concealed. Very prominent
position and one of the earliest examples in Torquay of the
use of the Italianate tower, used later on many of the larger
1860s and 1870s villas.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Cherry B: Devon: London:
1952-1989: P.858).


Listing NGR: SX9168663938

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