Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet twenty/twenty one

Building: 82 Photo: E18

History:

Originally built with No. 84 in late 18th century on three floors to similar dimensions as No. 80 on two floors, with a very low shop front fascia and upper floors weatherboarded. Smith’s Court archway passed through the south side from street to rear. Nos. 82 and 84 one structure, No. 82 being rebuilt in present form in 1909.

Watchmaker – Whitehead – 1839 to 1884 – double fronted shop shared with

Bookmaker – Payne – 1839 to 1881

Musical instruments and music – Traylen – 1884 to 1902

– later Traylen and Phillips – 1894 to 1902

Grocery and Drapery – Sevenoaks Co-operative Society – 1905 to 1909 part with No. 80

Jewellers – H E Warren – briefly 1901/1902 – whilst No. 84 was renovated and improved

Banks – Capital and Counties Bank – 1909 to 1921

– Lloyds Bank – 1922 to 1928

Upper floors:

Offices – Sevenoaks Union – 1884 to 1924 (later Sevenoaks Rural District Council)

Cranbourne – photographer – 1907 to 1930

County Court Office – 1930

Current Use:

82 high st E18

Leslie Warren – optician – from 1930

Description:

Robust Edwardian ‘Neo-Classical’ building on three floors two bays wide with pitched tile roof behind balustrade on street frontage and south return.

Ground floor, deep plain ‘off-white’ fascia capped with moulded cill under first floor windows having a scroll at each end. Shop fascia brown painted splayed outwards with lead flashing and gold ‘Leslie Warren’ in Roman capitals. Single panelled timber door on right hand side of shop front and single display window with three bay glass panels over and as fanlight to door. Display window and door framed by rendered pilasters with bases and medium high rendered stall riser under window.

First and second floors, pair of casement windows in moulded surrounds to each floor and set in brickwork with stone quoins on each side. First floor capped by heavy broken pediment and moulded entablature. Second floor windows with moulded stone cills and brackets and keystone.

Roof balustrade ‘Neo-Classical’ style with bulbous stone balusters, moulded coping and plinths in centre and at corners over heavy moulded modillioned cornice, coarse dentils and entablature and moulded string course over second floor windows.

Comment:

Robust style in contrast to its neighbours.

Importance: B

Not included in previous survey.