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Latitude: 50.4585 / 50°27'30"N
Longitude: -3.5244 / 3°31'27"W
OS Eastings: 291891
OS Northings: 63180
OS Grid: SX918631
Mapcode National: GBR QX.3D48
Mapcode Global: FRA 37HV.BS4
Entry Name: Beacon Terrace
Listing Date: 20 November 1952
Last Amended: 3 May 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1293347
English Heritage Legacy ID: 390499
Location: Torbay, TQ1
Unitary Authority Ward: Tormohun
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Torquay St Matthias
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX9163 BEACON HILL
885-1/17/34 (North East side)
20/11/52 Nos. 2-8 (consecutive) Beacon
(Formerly Listed as:
Formerly known as: Nos.1-7 BEACON TERRACE.
Terrace of 7 houses. 1833 by Jacob Harvey. Plastered; slate
roofs; stacks with rendered shafts and plain bands; some old
PLAN: Sited stepping up the hill and overlooking the harbour.
Double-depth plans with front doors to the right.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and attic. Each house has a 3-bay front.
Alternating designs. Type A, Nos 2,4,6 & 8 with low parapets,
platbands at second-floor sill level; cast-iron first-floor
balconies, originally with tent roofs. Type B (3,5 & 7) with
similar platbands interrupted by giant pilasters with incised
key decoration, incised capitals and plain entablature to the
first and second floors.
Round-headed doorways, originally similar to the Southernhay,
Exeter type, with panelled reveals, moulded architraves with
vermiculated rustication and key blocks with carved or cast
heads (some doorways altered). Some retain very pretty lead
fanlights with star motifs around central roundel.
Ground-floor windows originally 12-pane sashes, mostly
reglazed, some retaining sunblind fascias. First-floor windows
6 over 9-pane sashes; second-floor windows 12-pane sashes;
attic dormers. Cast-iron balconies (Nos 6 & 8 replaced) with
anthemia and palmettes. No.2 has a flat-roofed addition to the
left. Nos 3 & 4 have gas lamps attached.
INTERIOR: Not inspected but may retain features of interest.
HISTORY: An 1839 view of Beacon Hill (Ellis, p.337) shows the
terrace before alterations.
A fine terrace of its date and a good example of the urbane
designs of Jacob Harvey, who was responsible for the best
early C19 housing in Torquay.
(Ellis AC: An Historical Survey of Torquay, 2nd edition:
Listing NGR: SX9189163180
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