Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet nineteen

Building: 80 Photo: E19

History:

Prior to 1860 a two storey building rendered over brickwork with two dormers in attic. Early occupancy unknown. Shop extended in 1905 to take in part of No. 82 where archway to Smith’s Court was. Building demolished in 1930 and replaced in 1931 by present building, built partly over Redman’s Place archway and unchanged today.

Grocery and Drapery – Sevenoaks Co-Operative Society – 1901 to 1930

Current Use:

80 high st E19

Barclays Bank Plc.

Description:

Two storey building in ‘Neo-Classical’ style with single dormer in attic space. Main part of frontage, about three quarters of whole, designed symmetrically with first floor oversailing Redman’s Place to right hand side to provide passageway to properties to the rear. Front elevation in red/brown brickwork.

Ground floor, two round headed windows with rectangular panes and fanlight over on each side of central double entrance doors with single row of panes and semi-circular fanlight over, matching adjacent windows, and all in white painted surround and transome under fanlights. Windows with high level cills and doors set in slightly recessed shallow alcove edged with matching brick-on-edge and stone keystone. White painted kerb to façade of varying depths to suit pavement falls. Lintel to side passageway faced with brick-on-edge with stone keystone.

First floor, three symmetrically placed sash windows with bars intact in moulded frames over ground floor doors and windows. Flat arches of rubbed headers with stone keystone to windows. Similarly detailed window central over passageway on right/south side.

Roof steeply pitched in plain tiles and ridge with central section brought forward from main roof and hipped on both sides. Main roof hipped to south only, roof to north abuts adjacent property. Single small dormer central on main façade with sash window, moulded frame and eaves and curved pediment in front. Main roof has moulded and modillioned cornice, concealed gutters with two downpipes at south end.

Comment:

Modest pastiche typical of the organisation and period, making modest contribution to the street scene.

Importance: B

Not included in previous survey.