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HER Number:MDV123588
Name:Berry Head Hotel, Brixham

Summary

Berry Head Hotel was built in 1809 as a military hospital to serve the garrisons stationed at the fortifications on Berry Head, replacing a hospital building within Fort No. 3. It was later turned into a house and was converted into a hotel in the middle decades of the 20th century.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 938 567
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
DistrictTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/15
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 383532
  • Tide Project: 26/08/2020
  • Torbay HER: MTO13892

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOSPITAL (Built, XIX - 1809 AD to 1809 AD)
  • HOUSE (XIX - 1835 AD to 1886 AD (Between))
  • HOTEL (Early 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1930 AD to 1970 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Office and War Office, 1831-1848, MPHH 1/692 (Record Office Collection). SDV318548.

Plan dated 1834.

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Recorded as Houses, Offices & Farm Yard at Berry Head (plot 1460). The land owner is recorded as the Government, the occupier Revd. Henry Francis Lyte.

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Group of buildings arranged in a square depicted together with a couple of outbuildings.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Marked as Berry House.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Marked as Berry Head House.

Ordnance Survey, 1930 - 1939, Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV336668.

Marked as Berry Head House.

Waterfield, R., 1932, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 42-43 (Article in Serial). SDV362423.

Berry Head House, Brixham. Built as the hospital for the fort in 1809. The grounds were formerly a cemetery for the hospital. Human bones have been found and reburied; a stone fixed to the house bears the inscription: 'to the unknown dead'. The entry is through a gateway in the outer fortification.

Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: South Devon, 64 (Monograph). SDV336217.

The military hospital, now Berry Head Hotel, is a very utilitarian structure of seven bays.

Ordnance Survey, 1953-1969, 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial (Cartographic). SDV352727.

Marked as Berry Head Hotel.

County Borough of Torbay, 1967, Berry Head, 21 (Monograph). SDV362520.

This hospital replaced the old hospital in No. 3 fort, which functioned 1803-1809.

Department of Environment, 1975, Borough of Torbay, 4 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV362418.

Pye, A.R., 1989, Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment, 11, 34, Fig. 8, Pl. 14 (Report - Assessment). SDV362497.

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 27, Fig. 25 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

Department of National Heritage, 1993, Revised List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, 23.1946-1/2/20 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV362556.

Pye, A.R., 1996, Berry Head Hotel, Brixham: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Assessment). SDV362521.

An archaeological survey was undertaken in advance of alteration and extention. The hotel was built as a military hospital built in 1809 to serve the garrison of the batteries and redoubts on the headland. It was subsequently used as a private residence, being let to Revd Lyte in 1835. It was assiged to A. A. Maxwell Lyte in 1846 who bought it from the War Department in 1886. It is not known when it was converted to a hotel.
It is built of roughly-dressed rubble limestone with ashlar detailing. The limestone came from a purpose-dug quarry to the south-east, and using lime from a limekiln built within it.
Birch's plan of January 1834 shows it to have been built in two matching halves, as mirror images. Overall, the building and compound were divided in two, with perhaps one half for officers and the other for men. A wall divided the two, although mingling was apparently possible on the verandah. Another explanation could be that one half housed infectious cases. Each wing of the main building had a pair of large heated ward rooms on each floor, to each of which was attached a smaller heated room, probably for nurses or orderlies. In the central (north) wing was a pair of heated rooms on each floor, adjoining the main ground floor entrances and stairs; these may have been used for administrative purposes, or possibly for surgery or other treatment. To the rear, covered walkways connected the main building with a heated service block. This had large fireplaces, which served the kitchens (probably sited to front) as well as another pair of rooms to rear - possibly wash/laundry rooms, surgeries, or both. To the rear of this block were a pair of coal houses, and a pair of toilet cubicles in each corner. Adjoining each entrance was a rectangular building with a single door and two windows. These were not heated and may have been used for storage or as mortuaries.
By 1864 some additional buildings had been constructed, including the store adjoining the east stable and another store which abuts the west coal house. A wall forming a small enclosure to the west of this is also shown as is a small northern extension of the west stable. Similar detail is shown on the 1:2500 Ordnance Survey map of 1906, indicating that the southern extension of the west stable dates to after this time.
Although altered and extended since 1834, the original layout remains clearly discernible. Particularly important and vulnerable survivals include the east covered way linking the main building to the kitchen block and the east stair within the main building; both are original features.
See report for detailed description.

Exeter Archaeology, 2010, Berry Head Hotel Brixham Part 1: Archaeological Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV362409.

Exeter Archaeology, 2010, Berry Head Hotel Brixham Part 2: Architectural Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV362410.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Berry Head Hotel marked.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1293258 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

Berry Head Hotel. Military hospital; later a private house, now an hotel.1809-10; late C20 additions to north. Later the home of the Revd H. F. Lyte, author of the hymn'Abide with Me'.
See listing description for further details.
Date first listed: 18th October 1949.
Date of most recent amendment: 18th October 1993

Sources / Further Reading

SDV318548Record Office Collection: Ordnance Office and War Office. 1831-1848. MPHH 1/692. Public Record Office Collection. Map (Paper).
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336217Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: South Devon. The Buildings of England: South Devon. Paperback Volume. 64.
SDV336668Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352727Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1953-1969. 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial. Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV362409Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2010. Berry Head Hotel Brixham Part 1: Archaeological Assessment. Exeter Archaeology. 10.05.
SDV362410Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2010. Berry Head Hotel Brixham Part 2: Architectural Assessment. Exeter Airport. 10.06. Hardcopy + Digital.
SDV362418List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1975. Borough of Torbay. Historic Houses Register. 4.
SDV362423Article in Serial: Waterfield, R.. 1932. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. . 64. 42-43.
SDV362493Report - Survey: Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D.. 1990. Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. EMAFU 90.10. Hardcopy + Digital. 27, Fig. 25.
Linked documents:1
SDV362497Report - Assessment: Pye, A.R.. 1989. Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. EMAFU 89.04. Hardcopy + Digital. 11, 34, Fig. 8, Pl. 14.
Linked documents:1
SDV362520Monograph: County Borough of Torbay. 1967. Berry Head. Berry Head. Paperback. 21.
SDV362521Report - Assessment: Pye, A.R.. 1996. Berry Head Hotel, Brixham: An Archaeological Survey. Exeter Archaeology. 96.55. Hardcopy + Digital.
SDV362556List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of National Heritage. 1993. Revised List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Historic Houses Register. 23.1946-1/2/20.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #115332 Based on extent shown on SDV336179, ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1293258.

Associated Monuments

MDV52604Parent of: Limekiln to south of Berry Head Hotel, Brixham (Monument)
MDV84448Related to: Monument to the west of the Berry Head Hotel, Brixham (Monument)
MDV42884Related to: Old Hospital at Berry Head Fort No. 3, Brixham (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7838 - Archaeological Survey of Berry Head Hotel
  • EDV7960 - Berry Head Hotel, Brixham, Archaelogical & Architectural Assessment 2010

Date Last Edited:Oct 28 2020 10:07AM