The Esplanade Numbers 1 To 8 And Forecourt Walls And Railings / The Esplanade Numbers 1 To 8

16 Aug 1999
The Esplanade Numbers 1 To 8 And Forecourt Walls And Railings, 1-8 The Promenade, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PJ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


SX4753 THE PROMENADE, Hoe 740-1/66/301 The Esplanade Nos 1-8 (consec) and 25/01/54 forecourt walls & railings (Formerly Listed as: THE PROMENADE, Plymouth The Esplanade Nos 1-8 (consec))


Planned terrace of villas. 1836 by George Wightwick. MATERIALS: stucco with stucco detail; dry slate mansard roofs, except for No.3 with asbestos slate, hipped at the ends, all behind interrupted parapet [central oval balustrade to No.1, and to end returns] with console cornice entablature; attic windows, some enlarged; stuccoed end and axial stacks with plinths and plain cornices. Palace front of Italianate influence. PLAN: double-depth plan. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys plus attic; symmetrical 3:4:1:3:1:4:3-window front with end houses and centre pair broken forward and the 3 central bays further broken forward to ground and 1st floors. No.1 with original hornless sashes with glazing bars to 2nd floor and original fanlight heads and glazing bars to overlight above French windows to 1st floor.

Simpler similar original heads to 1st-floor windows of No.2 (also to right-hand return). Otherwise mostly later sashes and C20 windows to No.7; French windows to ground-floor openings and to some 1st-floor windows. Stucco detail includes: channelled rustication to ground floor; round arched windows with moulded pilasters and arches to 1st floor; moulded eared architraves to 2nd floor; the principal 3-bay projections each with 1st-floor colonnade of 3 Corinthian half columns and moulded entablature with vases above; blind centre bays. Bulbous-shaped wrought-iron balconies to 1st floor. End return elevations each of 3 bays, the left-hand return with 2-storey central oriel with quadrant corners with bowed windows, flanking bays with blind windows, the other return with similar detail to recessed front bays. Rear entrance front has parapet, cornice strings; 1st-floor windows with moulded hoods on brackets; porches with moulded impost and parapet strings; coupled porches to centre (Nos 4 and 5); panelled doors and many original hornless sashes with glazing bars. INTERIOR: not inspected but likely to reflect the strong architectural character of the exterior. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: stuccoed forecourt walls with plinth,

band and square coping. U-shaped plan. Rear forecourt walls surmounted by original wrought-iron railings with turned finials and stanchions with acorn finials. A fine example of its type, distinguished by some Neo-Classical detail to the centre and end bays, more characteristic of Foulston than Wightwick. Part of an important planned group of terraces and villas by Foulston and his pupil Wightwick on the Hoe, a scheme which placed Plymouth in the forefront of town planning in the early/mid C19. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-: 665; Colvin H: A Bibliographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840: London: 1978-: 888-890).

Listing NGR: SX4759853947


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0996 IOE Records taken by Derek Hiscock; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Derek Hiscock. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Hiscock, Derek

Rights Holder: Hiscock, Derek


Asbestos, Slate, Stucco, Wrought Iron, Georgian Villa, Victorian Agriculture And Subsistence, Land Use Site, Domestic, House, Dwelling, Terrace, Multiple Dwelling, Wall, Monument (By Form), Barrier, Railings