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Statutory Address:

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Torbay (Unitary Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SX 92449 63498



SX9263 LOWER WOODFIELD ROAD 885-1/18/147 (West side) Woodfield


Villa. 1840s, early C20 alterations. Converted to holiday accommodation. Built by Harvey (Ellis) for Edward Vivian, co-founder of the Torquay Natural History Society, re-using some material from Torwood Manor House (Ellis). Local grey limestone rubble with ashlar quoins and dressings; masonry of Edwardian additions brought to course; slate roofs; stacks with rendered, diagonally-set shafts with deep cornices. PLAN: Irregular plan, stepping down the steep slope with a first-floor entrance on the east side onto Woodfield Road. EXTERIOR: 1, 2, and 3 storeys. 3-bay entrance elevation with an early C20 projecting porch to the left with a coped gable with kneelers, a Tudor-arched outer doorway and an early C20 two-leaf door. Single-storey early C20 projection in the centre is embattled and incorporates a 5-light mullioned and transomed stair window with stained glass. Left-hand bay blind with a projecting stack with triple shafts. Irregular 5-window west front with 2 gables, a canted bay window on the ground floor with a parapet and some original glazing of octagonal panes with margin glazing. Other windows 2- and 3-light with moulded frames and mullions. Edwardian addition to the left is roughcast and includes a bowed oriel on a buttress. INTERIOR: Mostly early C20, including the stair but retains a pretty 1840s Gothick chimneypiece in the hall. (Ellis AC: An Historical Survey of Torquay, 2nd edition: 1930-: P.266).

Listing NGR: SX9244963498


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Ellis, A, A Historical Survey of Torquay, (1930), 266


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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Date: 04 Sep 2007
Reference: IOE01/15954/21
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