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Torbay (Unitary Authority)
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SX 92333 63647


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 22/02/2013

SX9263 885-1/18/25 12/01/87

TORQUAY BABBACOMBE ROAD (North West side) Riviera Life Church

(Formerly listed as Torbay Christian Centre, Elim Pentecostal Church)

(Formerly Listed as: BABBACOMBE ROAD, Wesley Methodist Church)


Non-conformist chapel. 3 foundation stones dated March 17, 1873 under lower windows in the front gable wall. For Wesleyan Methodist Church, in a late C13 Gothic revival style. Squared rubble with ashlar dressings and details, slate roofs with decorative tiled ridges, coped gables with finials, weathered offset plinths. A 2-stage tower surmounted by a broached octagonal belfrey stage, with octagonal pinnacles set on the broaches, carries a tall octagonal ashlar spire. Tower partly projects to left of the gabled front of a wide 6-bay nave with chancel on one bay. Side aisles to nave below clerestory. A timber gallery across first bay of nave above a screened lobby, entered from porch in lower stage of tower at the end of the left-hand aisle and from a tall cross gabled porch at the end of the right-hand aisle. Front: Tower has diagonal buttresses with weathered offsets, an arched doorway to porch in lower stage above a flight of steps: 2 inset arched orders carried on detached nook shafts with moulded caps and moulded bases. Gablet with finial over doorway arch with diapered spandrels above. A pair of lancets to side of tower in lower stage and a triplet of graduated lancets in each exposed face of second stage. A 2-light lucarne with Y tracery to each of the major faces of the belfrey stage under gablets set against the base of the spire. Spire has quoined angles and 2 bands in contrasting darker stone. In gable end wall, a low stage with a central arched window of 2 lights with Y tracery and a single-light arched window to either side. Upper stage has a large 6-light arched window with goemetrical tracery and foiled lights under a hood mould. A roof light in apex of gable with triangular head inset with foiled diamond tracery panel. To right of gable, a turret with octagonal spirelet and offset weathered buttress to front. Side of porch to right has a tall 2-light arched window with Y tracery. Doorway to cross-gabled porch is similar to porch doorway in tower but with only one order to inset arch with nook shafts. An arched 2-light window with Y tracery above. Side elevations: an arched 2-light window in each aisle bay and flat arched two light clerestory windows above. INTERIOR: nave arcades have octagonal cast-iron columns with moulded caps carrying moulded arches under a continuous running hood mould. Chancel arch of two orders: white marble jambs with figured black marble nook shafts to the outer order of the arch, inner order supported by short central shafts carried on stiff leaf marble corbels. Timber roof trusses partly exposed with arched and diagonal braces to collars and principle rafters. Feet of arched braces to each truss supported on corbelled shafts with stiff leaf capitals. Stiff-leaf corbels set in the springings of the arcade. Boarded ceiling at level of collars and to common rafters. A tall panelled dado in chancel. Central 3 bays with Gothic style reredos with traceried panels and cornice. Timber dado to aisles with decorative capping, plastered walls above. A 3-light window above reredos in chancel with geometrical tracery, stained glass in the lights. Stands close to Torquay Museum (qv).

Listing NGR: SX9233363647


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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