Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet twenty eight/nine

Building: 96 Photos: C20

History:

The Rose and Crown Hotel, three storey stuccoed building, four rooms wide, the most southerly over access to stables at rear. Two wide angular flat topped ground floor bays, well forward of front wall, one each side of pillared portico.

An early and important coaching inn, no record of date probably pre-1770, but John Bligh was born there in 1839. Building demolished in 1937 and rebuilt in 1938. Many activities took place in the yard based on livery but The Sevenoaks Voluntary Fire Brigade station was sited there in 1891 and live cattle auctions held over many years.

Rose and Crown Hotel – pre 1770? – 1937 – Mr. Bligh senior tenant in 1842

Department store – Youngs – 1938 to 1977

Frozen Foods – Bejam – 1979 to 1981 +

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

Current Use:

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Iceland – frozen foods with Bailey Housing Association and Moat Housing Society in offices over.

Description:

Treble width frontage on three tall floors, extending approximately one floor above adjacent properties, in brick taken up as parapet with two levels of flat roof.

Ground floor, main display window in centre of elevation with double entrance door to shop set back from rear of pavement on right hand side with single entrance door to office above set back on left hand side, the whole surrounded by deep gray marble fascia supported on narrower pilasters at each end. Sub fascia below at just above door height, panelled painted timber in centre on pilasters framing display window with ‘Iceland’ symbol over doors to right and gray marble over single door to left, the latter set back in rendered surround. Brick-on-edge low stall riser under display window.

First and second floor metal casement windows with fanlights set in three vertical panels with cream matt glazed tiled surrounds and as heads to first floor windows and cills to second floor windows. Vertical panels formed by four splayed brick piers taken through both floors, the centre panel being wider than the others. Piers have simple brick bases and capitals and capped overall by projecting coping in similar tiles and linked at base by string course sub-cill of brick-on-edge. Window panel feature surrounded by brick parapet with concrete coping and narrow brick panels each side. Decorative diagonal brick panels between first and second floor windows.

Comment:

Height of upper floors results in building being taller and consequently out-of-scale with the adjacent properties. Simple robust treatment of ground floor and shop front does not intrude unduly into street scene and reflects the design of the upper floors more closely than at the time of the earlier survey. Appears in fairly sound condition.

Importance: B

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey

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