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HER Number:MDV97041
Name:Bideford Arts Centre


Technical school; now arts centre. Dated 1896. A good and largely complete example of an 1890s technical school.


Grid Reference:SS 454 268
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TECHNICAL SCHOOL (XIX - 1890 AD to 1899 AD)

Full description

Andrews, L. (Torridge DC), 1993, Statutory Listings - Area of Former Borough of Bideford (Correspondence). SDV351129.

The Arts Centre, The Quay, is identified on the map (No 230) but is not included in the draft or statutory list.

Torridge District Council, 2009, Bideford Conservation Area Appraisal, 15 (Report - non-specific). SDV351295.

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

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

Bideford Arts Centre. Technical school; now arts centre. Dated 1896; by G. Malam Wilson of Bideford. Red brick. Slate roof with parapeted gable ends. Brick stacks at rear.
Plan: L-shaped on plan, with classrooms to north and east, entrance on south side opening onto small courtyard with office/master's house to south-west. Free Gothic style.
Exterior: 2 lofty storeys; office/master's house wing lower. Asymmetrical principal north front of three bays divided by pilasters topped by ball finials above the parapet, the outer bays gabled with large 4-centred arch windows, the left wider and full height, both with ogee hoodmoulds with pinnacles rising through the gables; ground floor centre and right large segmental headed windows, centre first floor windows have shaped brick aprons; moulded brick strings at floor and cill levels. The strings continue around left return [east], 4 bays, ground floor blind with segmental heads, first floor with shaped brick aprons. South gable has two large segmental headed ground floor windows on right, projecting brick porch on left with 4-centred arch, panelled double doors, fanlight and ball finial to scrolled parapet; segmental headed window above and large stone plaque with shaped head inscribed with date, shield, Municipal Technical Schools, name of mayor and secretary, builder and architect G. Malam Wilson. Lower 2 storey, 2-bay office/master's house facing yard on left [south-west] with moulded brick strings and segmental headed ground floor windows. The windows have moulded wooden frames with mullion and transoms, large north window with stained glass at head. Lower rear wing at rear [south-west].
Interior: Narrow open-well staircase with turned wooden balusters and newels and carved tread ends, doorways with reeded architraves. Studios and classrooms on first floor open to roofs with exposed iron tie trusses. This is a good and largely complete example of an 1890s technical school.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 29/06/2001, Bideford (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV351380.

Bideford Arts Centre, The Quay, shall be added to the list.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #110120 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV351129Correspondence: Andrews, L. (Torridge DC). 1993. Statutory Listings - Area of Former Borough of Bideford. Letter to Department of National Heritage. A4 Stapled.
SDV351295Report - non-specific: Torridge District Council. 2009. Bideford Conservation Area Appraisal. Torridge District Council Planning Guidance. Digital. 15.
SDV351380List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 29/06/2001. Bideford. Amendment to List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interes. A4 Stapled.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 9 2014 2:13PM