War Memorial Hall

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Hall
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
About the memorial: The War Memorial Hall on Angel Hill, which used an existing building, the Angel Hotel, was opened in 1929.Inside the hall the inscription on a wooden board is worded: ‘War Memorial. In Thanksgiving to God for Victory and in honour of the officers and men of Tiverton who served nobly and suffered willingly during the Great War for the deathless cause of right and liberty, 1914-1919’. In the War Memorial Room are displayed the names of 281 Tiverton men and women who gave their lives during the First World War; 80 during the Second World War and 4 in subsequent conflicts .In the War Memorial Room are displayed the names of 281 Tiverton men and women who gave their lives during the First World War; 80 during the Second World War and 4 in subsequent conflicts. Listed Grade II. TIVERTON SS9512 ANGEL HILL, Tiverton 848-1/6/110 (South side) War Memorial Library and Hall GV II Public library and hall, commemorating the dead of 1914-18 war. 1928-9 by Dixon and Bamsey of Tiverton. Concrete front, the walling of pink and yellow blocks resembling coursed squared rubble, the details yellow to resemble limestone. Rear wall of red brick. Slated roof. A pair of octagonal concrete chimneys at each end of ridge. STYLE: Tudor style. PLAN: (room names as in 1929): central entrance hall and staircase; Hall of Remembrance, containing memorial plaques, to left, caretaker's flat to right. Assembly, concert or dance hall, with stage, to rear. Smaller assembly or social room in lower ground floor, together with kitchen servery. Library on first floor. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with semi-basement; single-storey hall at rear. 8 windows wide, the left end (with 1 upstairs window) splayed and containing the vehicle entrance in the ground storey. Remaining 7 windows symmetrically arranged with projecting, 1-window entrance porch in the centre. Windows have 3 mullioned-and-transomed lights, those to the ground storey with 2 rows of transoms and continued hoodmoulds. All the windows except those in the semi-basement have small rectangular leaded panes. Above the second-storey windows a moulded cornice and tall parapet. Porch carried out on 2 slightly bulbous Doric columns with matching half-columns against the wall face. From the columns spring round arches, front and sides, the taller front arch with keystone. Above the latter is a circular plaque carrying the town seal, its border with the inscription SIGILLUM OPPIDI DE TYVERTON. Flanking the plaque are the dates 1914 and 1918 and below it the words TIVERTON MEMORIAL. The porch is finished with a triangular gable and 3 ball finials. On each side of the upper storey is a niche with Tudor arch and hoodmould. Within the porch is a plank door with wrought-iron strap hinges. Vehicle entrance to left has a round arch springing from columns like those on the porch. To its right, on the corner, is a niche similar to those on the sides of the porch. On the plinth below the ground-storey windows left of the porch are 3 inscriptions dated 30 May 1928, accompanied respectively by the names LADY HEATHCOAT AMORY, KATHERINE MAUD LAZENBY JP, and MARJORIE LANSDOWN GREGORY. INTERIOR: very simple. Open-well stair, probably of concrete, with iron balustrade and wooden handrail. HISTORY: the Tiverton War Memorial scheme was inaugurated in April 1919. The Angel Hotel, which formerly occupied this site, was acquired and opened as a library on 11 November 1920. An appeal was then launched to raise »11,000 for a rebuilding. A watercolour of the proposed building was prepared by Mr Ogden, headmaster of the school of art, who seems to have influenced its design; it was intended to match the early C17 Chilcott's School and the Great House of St George in St Peter Street (qqv). Demolition of the former Angel Hotel (which projected further into the road than the present building) began on New Year's day, 1928, the stone-laying ceremony was on 30 May and the official opening on 3 April 1929. Architects were Capt Dixon and Mr CE Bamsey. Builders were Nicks Bros of Bradninch. Facade supplied by The Wharf Lane Concrete Co of Ilminster. (Historic England Listing Information).
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