Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet thirty/thirty one

Building: 98 Photos: C19


A building known to have been re-faced at some time, the fronts of two houses being taken down and replaced by one, shown as one dwelling on 1867 map. Originally a three storey structure in stuccoed brickwork construction with front taken up as a parapet capped with a cornice. Shop front well forward with windows on upper floors as sashes, those on first floor being formed into lead pitched roofed angled bays above double fronted shop. Demolished 1937 and re-built in 1938 with No. 96 to which it was earlier joined.

Drapers – The Edwards (Jane’s parents) – 1880 to ?

Briggs – ?

Isaac Corke – 1861 to 1887

McMahon – 1891 to 1903

Grocer and provisions – International Stores – 1903 to 1908

Restaurant – Knapp – 1908 to 1915

Palmer – 1915 to 1936

Shared with Tebay florist 1926 to 1931 and with Craze fruiterer 1932 to 1935

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

Current Use:

98 high st C19

Russell and Bromley – shoe shop


Early 20th century semi-classical style building on three storeys (not so tall as No. 96) with brick façade and stone quoins on first and second floors and simple stone cornice with string courses at roof level below parapet.

Ground floor, modern steel and glass shop fronts with single entrance door set back within deep single pane glass display cases and a secondary entrance through shop front returned on left hand side. Medium height stall riser in black marble. Very deep white panelled fascia with large simple style raised metal lettering, under casing for awning. Black casing, fascia and lettering returned on left hand side, i.e. entrance to Lock’s Yard.

First and second floors, three window façade, windows equally space within elevation with tall round headed ‘Crittall’ style casement windows on first floor in timber frame and opening trimmed by brick-on-edge. Almost square similar styled casement windows on second floor with stone cills.

Roof, flat with raised brick parapet stepped in centre with recessed panel and stone coping.


Design style of building, especially shop front, not untypical of the period. Fascia and lettering too large to be in scale with building and adjacent shop fronts. Building appears in fairly sound condition except fascia needs repainting.

Return to Lock’s Yard undistinguished.

Importance: B

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey

98 High Street 2