Town Survey Update 1998/2001:

Dorset Street: Sheet sixteen

Building(s) : 1, 2, 3 & 3a Photo(s) : F2 & 3

Current Use:

1 2 3 Dorset St F2

1 – Taylor and Tester estate agents

1 2 3 Dorset St F3

2 & 3 – The Full Monte clothes shop

3a – Mereworth Homes on the first floor above The Full Monte.

Description:

Numbers 3b and 3c have been dealt with in the Methodist complex. The remaining buildings in the street are dealt with below.

This is a street of distinction and retains many features of the 18th century and earlier small market town. Most of the buildings are listed by the RCHM/English Heritage, which records in particular that nos. 4 to 8b form a group.

Buildings no. 2 & 3 are listed Grade II. The 1867 OS shows the corner building and the one next to it as having very different rears from T&T and the photos show that the rooflines are slightly different. [The corner building is No 24 London Road.]

Nos. 1-3

Taylor and Tester and the full Monte are clearly listed and described as two 18th century two storey cottages. Timber framed and tile hung on first floor, shops on ground floor, 3 casement windows, 3 dormers, and tile roof. One of the dormers has since disappeared, as have chimneys. The roof over nos. 2 & 3 is more irregular than that over no. 1.

No. 3a

On the first floor above the Full Monte is a separate office approached from an external staircase in the alley between the present building and H Samuel (i.e. the former Methodist complex). The offices are occupied by Mereworth Homes.

Comment:

These small tile hung shops, with well-maintained fascias and fronts are a positive feature in the intimate townscape.

Importance: A

Not included in previous survey