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HER Number:MDV84391
Name:St Scholastica's Abbey, Dawlish Road, Teignmouth


Former Benedictine nunnery, built in 1862 in a Gothic Revival style. Adapted to form apartments in the late 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 945 740
Map Sheet:SX97SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTeignmouth
Ecclesiastical ParishEAST TEIGNMOUTH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref: 461102

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BENEDICTINE NUNNERY (XIX - 1862 AD to 1862 AD (Throughout))

Full description

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

'St Scholastica's Abbey' marked.

Department of Environment, 1983, Teignmouth, 12 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV338952.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Former Benedictine nunnery, now in the course of being adapted to apartments. 1862, by George Goldie. Limestone rubble, bands of red sandstone, mostly cream freestone dressings, slate roof with banded stone stacks to various slopes, ridges and gable ends.
Style: Gothic Revival. Plan: Irregular, 46.6 metres wide at the front with a rear left wing of 38.4 metres.
Exterior: 2, 3 and 4 storeys; 10-window range to the 3-storey south garden front which is the most elaborate and has a full-width flight of steps rising from the garden. Sash windows; shouldered arches to second-floor windows at eaves level, flat-arched windows to the first floor, those to the south front in an arcade of 17 pointed arches with alternate red and cream voussoirs; windows in alternate arches; similar voussoirs to segmental-arched ground-floor 2-light windows. The west front is similar but simple, the chapel projecting to the right of the garden front has an octagonal tower with gablets to alternate facets and belfry stage surmounted by spire with lucarnes above the forward-facing gable, and pointed-arched windows. The rear service range, now called the Priest's House, is lower, of 2 storeys including a semi-basement; it has 7 windows and a first-floor loading bay.
Interior: the apartment to the right of the centre of the garden front was formerly part of the cloisters. The large shared entrance hall has a trefoil-headed niche to the left and an open-well staircase with turned balusters and square newels. The former cloister has panelled shutters and a continuous arch-braced roof; a small chapel to the ground-floor centre has an altar with cinquefoil niches, and a confessional; the main chapel not inspected but noted as having foliate carving to apsed sanctuary painted by Elphege Pippet of Hardman's, redecorated 1962, reredos added 1932, some original grisaille glass and altars by Hansom.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV338952List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1983. Teignmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 12.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108465 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV84395Related to: Abbey Lodge, St Scholastica's Abbey (Building)
MDV84394Related to: Cemetery Building, St Scholastica's Abbey (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 27 2012 10:55AM