Church of St Mary Magdalene, Upper Union Street, Torquay - Torbay (UA)

Parish church. Built between 1843 and 1849 to the designs of A Salvin, by contractor Jacob Harvey. Altered and partly re-fitted under GG Scott 1881-82; further embellishment 1906 and 1927. Local grey limestone rubble with Bath stone dressings; slate roof. Rainwater goods all need overhauling. The church received a Listed Places of Worship Roof Repairs Grant in 2017 and rainwater goods have been overhauled. High level stonework in very bad condition and difficult to access. The clerestory stonework spalling badly. A rope access survey has identified these problems in more detail.

Church of St Mary Magdalene, Upper Union Street, Torquay - Torbay (UA)
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Site Details

  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1219197
  • Local Planning Authority: Torbay (UA)
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St Mary Magdalene
  • Street Name: Upper Union Street
  • Locality: Torquay
  • Unitary Authority: Torbay (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Torbay
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade II*, CA

Contact Details

Annie Evans 0117 975 1308

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England