Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet forty

Building: 116 Photo: C11

History:

Early to mid 19th century three storey building of brick faced with stucco and a gable facing over the street. Shop front being similar to No. 118 being double-fronted, well forward of building and consisting of small panes. Demolished by 1889 and rebuilt in brick with metal capped oriel on the first floor and three storey building finished with false curved gable at head, later removed in 1982. Also subject to major overhaul and rear extension of 1982/83 following KCC decision not to widen the High Street but to retain on existing road line.

Butcher – Kennard – c1839 to

Draper – Marchant – to 1886

Marsh of Sevenoaks Clothing Co. – 1886 to 1922

Gentlemen’s Outfitters – Whyntie – 1922 to 1936

Baker – Parris – 1939 to 1955

Gardenland Products – 1956

Baker – Tip Top Bakeries – 1957 to c1969

Dry Cleaners – Bollom Limited – c1983 to 1999 (see photograph C11)

Current Use:

116 high st C11

Johnson Cleaners UK Limited

Description:

Three storey building with single bay window on first floor over modern shop front.

Ground floor, shop front blue plastic covered metal with double doors on left and remainder divided in three clear glass panes over medium height slightly recessed stall riser. Shop front set back from rear of pavement, space laid with 150 mm square yellow/buff stud tiles. Deep, projecting full width fascia in blue with rather crude raised lettering ‘Johnson’s’. Shop front supported by plain brick piers on each side.

First floor, rendered and painted with brick piers each side raised from ground floor as pilasters and with single one-two-one white painted bay window with single pane casements below square paned fanlights, similar to No. 114. Elegant curved lead covered roof finishes over moulded white painted cornice to windows.

Second floor, rendered and painted with brick piers/pilasters similar to lower floors each side and carried across head of elevation; render slightly recessed from brickwork. Central three panel window with side casements, white painted, and divided in three horizontally. Elevation capped by moulded brick cornice.

Building returns on left to face Buckhurst Lane in plain brickwork full height with brick coping, shop front with single door, three light display windows under fascia and two small sash windows at second floor level.

Comment:

Unattractive posters and signs detract from simple qualities of upper floors.

Importance: C/D

Not included in previous survey.