One building I didn’t show you yesterday is this ‘castle’. I say “castle” but it is far from being something built to prevent marauding Torquinians (those who live in Torquay) from storming the ramparts or whatever those trying to take a castle are wont to do.
Lincombe Drive has many imposing Victorian villas. They were built during a time when Torquay began to become a resort for the wealthy (and when the fleet of the Royal Navy used Tor Bay as a safe anchorage during the Napoleonic Wars.)
Torquay thus became the fashionable place to be for naval officers and their famililes during the first half of the 19th century and this promoted the building of many large villas (as well as exclusive hotels). Indeed, the holiday trade was given an extra boost when the railway arrived in 1848.
The whole area known as the Lincombes was owned by the Palk family in the 1800s, a well-to-do Torquay family, and according to my researches “it was the manager of the Palk Estate, William Kitson, who effectively shaped this part of the town.”
The castle, an unexpected building among the Victorian villas, was originally a folly designed as an entrance gateway to the garden of an early 20th century house, Castle Tor (and which looks nothing like a castle.)
On my photo above, you can just see Castle Tor. It was was originally designed by Fred Harrild in the 1930s, a pupil of the renowned architect Edwin Lutyens [later Sir Edwin Lutyens]. In later years, this sham ‘castle’ was developed into a property in its own right.
Taken July 2012
Taken yesterday, 9th February 2019
I wish I had some digital photos of Castle Tor to show you. About 15 to 20 years ago, a dear friend (now sadly deceased) used house sit for people, especially those who had dogs that required walking, and through this work she met the then owners of Castle Tor and on a number of occasions house sat for them in their absence. On one such occasion she invited me for a cup of tea and she showed me over the Lutyens’-style gardens, which sloped in terraces down to Lincombe Drive.
Of course, Lutyens had a hand in the building of yet another property in Torquay.
He designed Drum Inn in Cockington Village which replaced an old ale-house on the site, and it was opened in 1936. It is a lovely place for a glass of cold beer in the summer, after a walk through the gardens and Cockington Country Park, an area of farmland within the Borough of Torbay.
Not designed by Lutyens but by one of his associates, Oswald Milne, Coleton Fishacre isn’t far from Torbay and again the style very reminiscent of that of Lutyens …
This lovely country house built in the 1920s is very much Arts & Craft without and Art Deco within. It was built for Lady Dorothy and Rupert D’Oyly Carte (Rupert’s father being Richard D’Oyly Carte, the impresario behind the Gilbert & Sullivan operas.)
I am writing this on Sunday afternoon after a busy morning in the kitchen, making casseroles (one chicken, one venison) and also making individual apple crumbles. We had an easy lunch, just bread, crackers and cheese …
How is it that food always seems to creep into my posts? Here are small pork pies that we shared, crusty bread, olives, chutneys, Normandy butter, crackers, and four types of cheese: St Agur, Cheddar, Gruyere and Laughing Cow cream cheese. I only put out small portions of Cheddar and St Agur as I wanted to finish these pieces before opening new packs.
Now for a cup of tea with the Sunday paper.
Until next time.