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25 Palace Avenue

A Grade II Listed Building in Paignton, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.4357 / 50°26'8"N

Longitude: -3.5692 / 3°34'8"W

OS Eastings: 288657

OS Northings: 60715

OS Grid: SX886607

Mapcode National: GBR QT.S0MS

Mapcode Global: FRA 37DW.Z7M

Plus Code: 9C2RCCPJ+78

Entry Name: 25 Palace Avenue

Listing Date: 25 October 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1293312

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383841

Location: Torbay, TQ3

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Roundham-with-Hyde

Built-Up Area: Paignton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Paignton St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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PALACE AVENUE (North side)


Post office, now in use as shops, offices and music school.
1888 by GS Bridgman, who designed Palace Avenue.

MATERIALS: Snecked local red breccia with some facing in
Bathstone ashlar; red Devon sandstone, Ham Hill and grey
polished granite dressings; hipped slate roof with crested
ridge tiles; stacks with red brick shafts with bracketed
cornices and shaped flue dividers.

PLAN: On a corner site between Palace Avenue and Coverdale
Road with a rounded corner. Double-depth plan with former post
office in a single-storey block at the front onto Palace
Avenue and offices in a 3-storey block behind.

EXTERIOR: Free Baroque style. 3 storeys and single-storey.
2-bay front. The single-storey projection is divided into 4
bays by granite Corinthian pilsters supporting a dentil frieze
below a cornice and balustraded parapet. Each bay has a
round-headed pilastered window with a moulded arch, carved
keyblock and recessed apron with carved roundel. Windows with
high-transomed fixed glazing. Canted entrance bay to the right
has corner pilasters and a pediment with a shield with

The 3-storey block behind has cream stone quoins and the 2nd
floor is faced with cream stone ashlar with a foliated
guilloche frieze below a dentil cornice. Moulded string at
2nd-floor sill level with a stone band below decorated with a
Greek key frieze. 2 first-floor canted bay windows with
shouldered stone architraves, a fine dentil frieze below the
cornice and balustraded parpapets. Three 2nd-floor windows,
glazed with 2-pane sashes. The 3-bay right return has one bay
of the single-storey projection to match the others.
Main block has rusticated pilasters to the ground floor and
rusticated quoins to the first. Moulded cornices at first and
second-floor level, the 2nd-floor cornice above a Greek key
frieze. Ground floor has 2-pane sash to the left in a moulded
frame flanked by pilasters with a cornice and sill blocks,
pediment to window above first-floor cornice. 2-light casement
alongside to right has a moulded stone architrave, sill blocks
and cornice; right-hand tripartite window with a pilastered
architrave. 2 first-floor 2-pane sashes with moulded
architraves and segmental-headed pediments on consoles. The
2nd floor has 2-pane sashes alternating with fielded stone
The rear elevation is also richly-detailed. C20 rear right
brick stair addition.

INTERIOR: Post office section preserves plaster cornices,
although there has been some alteration by partitions. Other
features of interest may survive elsewhere.
A prominent and architecturally rich contribution to the
Palace Avenue development.

This entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 1st April 2016.

Listing NGR: SX8865760715

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