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HER Number:MDV11010
Name:Beach House, The Esplanade, Sidmouth


A three-storey, stucco-faced villa built about 1820 with interesting gothicised details.


Grid Reference:SY 126 872
Map Sheet:SY18NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSidmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSIDMOUTH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 449040
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY18NW/19
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY18NW/19/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 87325
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SY18NW53

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VILLA (Built, XIX - 1820 AD to 1820 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SY18NW53 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV109852.

Site visit 1st March 1989. Now let off into flats. Being renovated at present.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV329903.

'beach house' is a three-storey, stucco-faced villa built about 1820 with interesting gothicised details, on the esplanade (doe).

French, K. + French, C., 1957, Devonshire Plasterwork, 135 (Article in Serial). SDV4676.

Beach House, Sidmouth is recorded as having a frieze dated 1800-1914 (Period 6).

Department of Environment, 1973, Sidmouth, 50 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV98992.

Beach House is a three-storey, stucco-faced villa built about 1820 with interesting gothicised details, on The Esplanade.

Pink, F., 2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Ordnance Survey, 2024, Mastermap 2024 (Cartographic). SDV365834.

Marked as a hotel

Historic England, 2024, National Heritage List for England, 1097933 (National Heritage List for England). SDV365835.

Circa 1820 villa with interesting Gothicised details. 3 storeys stucco faced, flanking Ionic pilasters. 2 storey bow to right of entrance. Low pitch slate roof with scalloped openwork eaves board. 3 casement windows 2nd floor, 2 on 1st and ground floors, tripartite on bow. The centre light of the tripartite windows and the other 1st floor window all French casements. All have 4-centred heads, marginal Gothic glazing and hood moulds over. Delicate iron balconies on elaborate brackets to 1st floor windows, that on bow with trellis supports to tent-shaped canopy. Vaulted open porch with 4-centred heads to openings, clustered shaft supports fluted pilasters to inner side of those flanking door. Frieze and moulded cornice projecting at corners, iron balustrade shove. Door of 4 moulded panels, upper 2 with 4-centred heads. 4-centred arched fanlight. Deep panelled reveals and soffit. The rear elevation is slate hung. Gothic windows with marginal glazing. Tuscan porch.
Beach House forms part of a group with Mocha Cafe and Prospect Place.
Date first listed: 11th October 1951

Sources / Further Reading

SDV109852Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SY18NW53. OSAD Card. Card Index.
SDV329903Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. ACD618/4/3. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV365834Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2024. Mastermap 2024. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #142203 Location from NHLE, ]
SDV365835National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2024. National Heritage List for England. Website. 1097933.
SDV4676Article in Serial: French, K. + French, C.. 1957. Devonshire Plasterwork. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 135.
SDV98992List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1973. Sidmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 50.

Associated Monuments

MDV82894Related to: REAR GARDEN WALL OF BEACH HOUSE (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 8 2024 5:21PM