Town Survey Update 1998/2001:

Dorset Street: Sheet twenty

Building: 8 Photo: E31


Buckwell, grocery.

Current Use:

8 Dorset St E31

Coffee Call café on the ground floor and Lamberts solicitors on the first floor.


Late 18th century Grade II listed building with gabled street elevation with bowed front. Two storeys and attic gable window. Ground floor with Victorian shop front with central glazed door set back from rear of pavement and entablature band above with shop sign.

First floor, bowed with painted grooved boarding in imitation of stone courses. Centre sash window on first floor with glazing bars. Flat fronted gable above oversailing to right and left with mock vertical half-timbering and centre attic casement.

Covered yard entrance to right of shop with first floor faced with pointed grooved boarding in imitation of stone courses. Centre casement. Eaves and gutter. Ridge tile roof.


This is a fascinating conglomerate building and is a major feature in historic Dorset Street and the town centre. One particular feature is the extension of the occupied first floor and roof over the entrance to Shambles Lane (with a neat “Gothic” notice).

Another feature of this building is that it was in the possession of the Buckwell family, as a grocery, from at least the 1790s until a few years ago.

Importance: A

Not included in previous survey