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A landmark clock tower in Torquay has been listed for sale by Network Auctions. The highly prominent Grade II listed Victorian building , The Old Town Hall, Union Street, boasts 5,338 square feet of history spread across four floors.

Although most famous for its clock tower, which has been wound weekly by the same time-keeper for the past 58 years, the 170-year-old property houses more secrets – including a 19th Century jail cell, disused public conveniences, a large assembly room and a strong room.

Describing the property, Toby Limbrick, auctioneer, said: “The Old Town Hall is an attractive building constructed in 1851-1852. It has been used for a variety of purposes over the years including offices, synagogue, nightclub, bar, café and restaurant. It benefits from a highly visible corner site between the two pedestrian centres of Fleet Street and Union Street and uniquely features a clock tower.

“This tower has a central store room housing the clock workings and a bell believed to have been manufactured by John Warner & Sons.”

“At the end of the alley, running under the pavement of Abbey Road and accessed via the former male public conveniences, is a 19th Century gaol cell,” added Toby. “It is believed the former public toilets were additional cells used to house criminals in the Victorian period.”

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The property went under the hammer with a guide price of £175,000-£200,000.

December 13, 2021

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