Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet twenty three

Building(s): 86 and 88 Photo(s): C22 and D20

History:

Grade II listed, late 18th century building on three storeys. Originally brick with weatherboarding on second floor and on three storey bays with cornice and flat roof over. Main roof tiled. Bays modified and then removed from No. 86 and wall bricked in and rendered about 1920, ground floor shop bays probably went then.

No. 86

Plumber – Cook – 1839 to 1842

Linen draper – Hadley – 1842 to 1860 (building known as Manchester House)

Plumber – Hancock – 1860 to 1902

Joiner, furnisher and undertaker – How – 1886 to 1902

Typewriters – Rhodes Typewriters – 1903 to 1913

Chemists – Boots – 1913 to 1968

Timothy Whites – 1968 to 1981

No. 88

Builder – Burton – 1839 to 1881

Baker – Ritchie – 1881 to 1891

Gas company – Sevenoaks Gas Company – 1891 to 1929

General stores – Home and Colonial Stores – 1933 to 1968/75

Hairdresser – His and Hers – 1984

Upper floors: No. 88A – Acorn Café – 1935 to 1968/75

At the foot of the page is a photograph from the 1981 survey.

Current Use:

86 88 high st 1

No. 86 – Nationwide Building Society

86 88 high st 2

No. 88 – Eyelines opticians

Description:

No. 86

Late 18th century building, one window façade on three storeys in stucco with moulded wooden cornice and concealed gutter.

Ground floor, bronze metal shop front in two panels with single entrance door on left with fanlight over. Shop front set in brickwork, wide pier on left, narrow to right with medium height stall riser. Deep fascia over.

First and second floors, single sash windows to each floor, both with bars intact.

Roof, plain tiles and ridge, hipped to right and forming continuous ridge with No. 88.

No. 88

Late 18th century building, two window façade on three storeys in painted brickwork with moulded wooden cornice and concealed leaded gutter.

Ground floor, light framed shop front with single display windows with decorative leaded fanlights and cast iron ventilators over on each side of central single door set back from rear of pavement. Medium height stall riser. Very deep fascia splayed outwards, lead flashing and simple bold console brackets at each end. Shop front does not extend full width to left.

First and second floors, projecting splayed bay to left on both floors containing sash windows and with painted boarded front with grooves in imitation of stone courses. Sash window to right on first floor in recessed round headed panel and square sash window on second floor above to right. Second floor windows only with glazing bars intact.

Roof, plain clay tiles and ridge, hipped to left and forming continuous ridge with No. 86.

Yard entrance between Nos. 88 and 90 with return to No. 88 in brickwork to ground floor with painted horizontal boarding on upper floors behind wide full height brick pier capped with moulded cornice returned from front elevation.

Comment:

Attractive pair of buildings, rather spoilt by unsympathetic modern shop front to No. 86 and deep fascia to No. 88 but decorative leaded fanlights and cast iron ventilators to No. 88 to be noted. Unattractive wirescape. Nos. 86 to 92 form a group, all listed.

Importance: A

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey

86 88 High Street 3