MEM22082 - Lynmouth Pavilion (Monument)


Built in the 1930s, the Pavillion served as a theatre and public shelter. It was demolished in 2012 and has been replaced by a new building on the same footprint.

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The Lynmouth Pavillion was built in the 1930s by Linton Urban District Council to serve as a seaside theatre and public shelter. It was designed by A. J. Gibbs in 1931. The pavillions were one of the buildings to survive the Lymouth Flood Diaster in 1952. The pavillions are designed in a 19th century chalet style and has a relatively plain interior. The building was declined listed building status in 1992 and again in 2008 as it was considered a late and unsophisticated example of it's genre. It is old-fashioned in design and lacks a strong decorative scheme, such as contemporary moderne or art-deco motifs, seen on other seaside pavillions of the period. [1] The building is two storeyed, with the ground floor accessed from the esplanade and the first floor accessed from a yard at the rear of the building. The esplanade frontage was originally open with a central column creating two wide entrances. The ground floor reflects the reuse of the building; it originally consisted of a large open space but has subsequently been subdivided into smaller rooms. The first floor consists of a large “multi-use/theatre space”. The ground floor was probably originally used as a waiting room for steam ferries from the nearby harbour. The first floor had a stage (since demolished) at the rear and a lighting box in the roof space, the auditorium had no fixed seating. There is a single, numbered, possibly original seat in storage in the former lighting box. [3] The Pavilion fronting the Esplanade is probably early 20th Century with seaside character, including much glazing a first floor balcony with iron balustrade and columns with modillion cornice, and to the ground floor flat Tuscan columns with inset panels. At the time of survey (early 2003) it appeared to be in some need of being given a more inviting appearance that nevertheless respects its historic integrity. [4] The heritage asset was assessed by English Heritage in September 2008. It was noted that the building had a group value with the adjacent limekilns, cliff railway and railway pavilions. The building had also been considered for spot listing in 1992. It was constructed in 1931 for the town council to a design by AJ Gibbs and was of steel framed construction, with timber cladding and an asbestos tile roof, and was two stories with a hipped roof. A theatre or assembly hall with a small stage was on the first floor, with an entrance lobby and small ticket booth. By the time the report was compiled, a kitchen area to the south (rear) had been removed following structural failure. It was decided not to add the asset to the National Heritage List for England. [5] The Pavilion was demolished in 2012 and has been replaced by a similarly styled building on the same footprint. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Unpublished document: Russell, C.. 2008. DCMS advice report: The Pavilion, The Esplanade (S), Lynton and Lynmouth; 165134.
  • <1> Technical drawing: RGP Architects Ltd. 2011. Proposed Refurbishment, Lynmouth Pavilion. 1:100 & 1:200.
  • <2> Report: English Heritage. 2012. Advice Report: The Pavillon, Lynmouth.
  • <3> Report: Passmore, A.. 2012. Lynmouth Pavilion, Lynton and Lynmouth: Results of historic building recording.
  • <4> Report: Fisher, J.. 2003. Lynmouth: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. 18.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 22 May 2013.



Grid reference Centred SS 7220 4964 (23m by 14m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS74NW

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  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW219
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1481300

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Nov 19 2019 12:20PM


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