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IoE Number: 444972
Photographer: Mr John Turner
Date Photographed: 15 October 2001
Date listed: 22 December 1953
Date of last amendment: 22 December 1953
Grade II*

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1. THE ESPLANADE 1605 Nos 1 to 3 (consec) (Wessex Court) and Nos 4 to 19 (consec) (including Crown Hotel) TA 0488 4/183 TA 0488 6/183 22.12.53. II* GV 2. Circa 1840-50 grand symmetrical terrace composition stepped down a slope, on curve, in 3 sections. Stuccoed facades with rusticated ground floors, cast iron 1st floor balconies. The centre block of the terrace breaks forward slightly and is of 4 storeys, the wings are of 3 storeys with the end houses projecting slightly as terminal features. Moulded cornice and parapet panelled (parts removed). Various attics added. The centre of the 4 storey middle block (The Crown Hotel) has a 2 tiered, Greek Doric and Corinthian, broad portico with coupled outer columns and 2 exceptionally widely spaced inner ones. The upper tier Corinthian columns rise through 1st and 2nd floor to main cornice which breaks forward below top storey. above the latter in line with portico is a broad pediment. The upper floors of remainder of 4 storey middle block are articulated by palisters and the terminal houses of terrace also have this treatment. Each house has 3 windows, glazing bars intact, the ground floor windows are round headed. Panelled doors semi-circular fanlight. No 1 (part of Wessex Court) return front to north has lower ground floor storey to west end because of sloping site. balcony returned, at west 4 storey end; 2 3 storey prominent bows, rusticated ground floor. NO 19 return front to south is of 3 bays. Ionic pilasters flanking on upper floors, parapet raised at ends. Central 1st floor tripartite window with bracketed cornice, balcony returned in front. Nos 1 to 19 (consec), The villa Esplanade Hotel, Nos 20 to 29 (consec) with the Esplanade Hotel, Belmont Road, and the Prince of Wales Hotel, Prince of Wales Terrace, all form a group.

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