Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet forty eight/nine

Building: 126 Photo: C5

History:

Originally timber framed building on two storeys faced with weatherboarding and having tiled ridge and valley roofs and double hung sash windows, formerly very small paned casements, later tall single paned sash windows inserted prior to 1936 when building demolished to make way for Woolworths.

Feltmaker – Benjamin Newman – believed to have occupied in 1716

Chapman, trade unknown in 1840 followed by

Plumber – Hancock – selling to Martin in 1857, calling it the Old Furniture Store.

Undertaker and upholsterer – F Martin – 1857 to 1935 name changed to Martin and Dolton in 1921

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

Current Use:

126 high st C5

Woolworth (F W Woolworth and Co. Ltd)

Description:

Modern building on two tall storeys of similar overall height as adjacent three storey buildings with asymmetrical ‘Georgian’ style ‘classical’ treatment to first floor façade. Frontage approximately sixty feet (18m) long.

Ground floor, eight bay shop front in aluminium frame, six centre bays recessed from rear of pavement. Two pairs double doors in centre bays, side bays having low black granite stall risers and all window bays single bay glazing with fanlights over transomes at door head height. Two columns, supporting deep fascia above, divide frontage elevation in three, and faced with white tiles to match vertical tiled pilasters at each end of elevation. Deep, plain rendered fascia capped by moulded string course/coping/cill and awning cases in three sections immediately over shop front opening. Raised ‘Woolworths’ sign in centre of fascia.

First floor, in red brick with moulded precast concrete string course at eaves level and parapet to flat roof capped by precast concrete coping. Asymmetrical arrangement of ‘Georgian’ style white painted timber casement windows with small panes and top lights, consists, from the left of two pairs, a single window and two pairs to right. Flat voussoir window lintels and rendered keystone to featured single off-centre window. Brickwork modelled with shallow recesses to reflect window arrangement and brick quoins on each end of elevation, on both sides of single window and between two right hand pairs.

Comment:

Dominant scale of building, typical of period and Woolworth style frontage, does not contribute to overall street scene but in reasonably good repair. Depth of fascia could be reduced with advantage and faced with more appropriate materials.

Importance: C/D

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey

126 High Street w