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Victoria Terrace

A Grade II Listed Building in Melcombe Regis, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6174 / 50°37'2"N

Longitude: -2.4517 / 2°27'6"W

OS Eastings: 368139

OS Northings: 79838

OS Grid: SY681798

Mapcode National: GBR PY.CXPP

Mapcode Global: FRA 57RF.NPN

Plus Code: 9C2VJG8X+X8

Entry Name: Victoria Terrace

Listing Date: 12 December 1953

Last Amended: 22 December 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1365870

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467607

Location: Dorset, DT4

County: Dorset

Electoral Ward/Division: Melcombe Regis

Built-Up Area: Weymouth

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Radipole and Melcombe Regis

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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873-1/18/158 (West side)
12/12/53 Nos.132-138 AND 140-146
Victoria Terrace
(Formerly Listed as:
Nos.132-146 (Consecutive)
Victoria Terrace, The Prince Regent
Hotel (No.139))


Formerly known as: Nos.1-14 and Burdon Hotel ESPLANADE.
Terrace of houses; the central block comprising the Hotel
Prince Regent (qv). 1855-56. Portland ashlar front, brick
returns and rendered backs, slate roof.
PLAN: symmetrical terrace, with raised end pavilions slightly
brought forward, and central wide unit as hotel (separately
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys with attic and basement, and with
continuous balcony at first floor. The rear, in full 4 storeys
and attic, has small 3-storey hipped service extensions to
most properties and some further extensions, especially at the
S end.
Each house is 3-windowed, all sashes in moulded architraves,
with a keystone, and at the first floor with small moulded
cornice supporting a central raised panel, the ground floor
doorway on steps is normally to the right, with steps to
basement area at the opposite end. The end units, Nos 132 &
146, have a raised attic storey, with 6-pane sashes, and the
remainder have 2 small flat-roofed slate-cheeked dormers
behind the parapet; No.141 (Marina Court) has a large hipped
Victorian canted dormer.
Many windows retain glazing bars, 9-pane to second floor,
15-pane to balcony level, 12-pane at ground floor, and 16-pane
to the basement. No.132 has 2-light casements to a deep
transom light at first floor, and at ground floor most units
have lost the bars, some have the upper sash only with bars.
At basement level bars are retained to bays 7, 8, 10-13 & 16.
Doors are generally panelled, with side lights and a plain
transom light, in moulded architraves, and on 5 stone steps.
No.132 has, to the left, a projecting flat-roofed portico on
Ruskinian Byzantine columns, No.133 has a panelled door with
side-lights, Nos 135 & 137 have been blocked, and contain a
plain sash, and No.138 is blocked, with a small 6-pane sash.
The terrace has original spearhead railings, returned to the

doorways, and with a gate to the basement steps. The end units
have alternating rusticated quoins. There are plain sill bands
to each floor, a moulded cornice, and blocking course with
serpentine fluting; the projecting end pavilions have plain
corner pilasters and a moulded cornice at the attic level. The
first-floor balcony balustrade in cast-iron has anthemion
decoration. There are large brick stacks to each house at the
party wall to both front and rear slopes.
The return at the left-hand end has dressed stone walling to
basement and first floor, and brick or rendering above. It has
various windows, including arched sashes with glazing bars to
4 levels, centre. To the left there is a narrow full-height
extension in brick.
The right-hand return, to Lennox Street, also has stone to
basement and first floor, with yellow brick above, with a
blind light to the left, and central arched sashes with bars
at 4 levels.
The back, which is rendered, retains mostly original dormers,
2 to each unit, and glazing-bar sashes, to plain flush stone
lintels, plus the small service extension. The end units
return with an attic storey, and are in stone, with rusticated
INTERIOR: No.146 was inspected in part. It has 2 main rooms
with a transverse dogleg staircase between them to the left of
the lobby. The inner lobby glazed door has side-lights and a
big transom light with margin panes; many of the doors have
moulded architraves, and there are small-scale cornices with
egg-and-dart enrichment. The stair has stick balusters and a
mahogany swept handrail. In the ground-floor front room is a
large stone arched fire opening with keystone and with fielded
panels, over a cast-iron grate; the rear room has a bold
console fire surround. The cellars run out beyond the basement
area under the pavement, this is said to be general to the
This early Victorian terrace retains in the 7 units each side
of the raised centre the general layout and proportions of the
earlier developments, and has been very little modified. With
its stone frontage it is one of the best presented units on
the sea-front.
(The Buildings of England: Newman J & Pevsner N: Dorset:
London: 1972-: 454).

Listing NGR: SY6813979838

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