Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet twenty five

Building(s): 90 and 92 Photos: D19 and D21

History:

Grade II listed, late 18th century building, three window façade on three storeys, brick construction similar to Nos. 86 and 88.

No. 90

Auctioneer and upholsterer – Saunders – 1839 to ?

Cabinet maker – Webb – ? to 1849

Welsh – 1849 to 1875

Ironmongers – Franks – 1875 to 1967

Fabrics – Sevenoaks Fabrics – 1979 to 1981 +

No. 92

Milliner – Morris – 1800 to 1840

Tailor – Fenner – 1840 to 1859

Paine – 1859 to 1865

Paine & Sons – 1905 to 1940

Dress shop – Philpots – 1940 to 1947

Wine merchant – Castle – 1947 to 1968 +

Prontaprint and Sevenoaks Pet Shop followed

Travel Agent – Blue Sky Travel – 1981

G Wigzell, wine merchant also occupied building between 1862 and 1883,

probably on upper floors.

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

Current Use:

90 92 high st 1

No. 90 – Mousetrap – dress shop

90 92 high st 2

No. 92 – Langford Rae O’Neill – estate agent

Description:

Late 18th century double fronted building on three storeys in painted brickwork with moulded projecting wooden cornice and concealed boxed leaded gutter. Modern shop fronts, see below.

Splayed projecting bays to right and left on first and second floors with painted horizontal boarded fronts above first and second floor sash windows, boarding grooved vertically to resemble stone joints. One oblong window in centre on first floor and one square sash window in centre on second floor. All windows have glazing bars except for right hand bay on first floor.

No. 90

Ground floor shop front, single display windows on each side of centre recessed single timber entrance door with low rendered stall riser and shallow outward splayed fascia over.

Ground floor shop front, single display window in modern frame and single entrance door to right hand side. Shop front framed by wide pilasters at each end and one slender pier between door and main window. Low varied depth stall riser supports display window. Medium depth fascia with over-large lettering and simple lead flashed cornice over spans full width of shop front.

Roof, plain clay tiles and ridge, hipped both ends.

Yard entrance to right of No. 90, now described as Akehurst Lane, with return to No. 90 similar to No. 88 in painted brickwork with painted horizontal boarding in middle section of first and second floors and at eaves level, moulded cornice on front elevation returns over full height brick pier.

Comment:

Attractive double fronted building and pair with Nos. 86 and 88 as a group, all listed. Modern shop front to No. 90 more sympathetic to upper floor elevations than that to No. 92.

Importance: A

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey

90 92 High Street 3