Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet fifty seven

Building: 138 (a-c) Photo: C0


Originally built forward of remainder of Suffolk Place when constructed around 1820/21, first as a single storey with a pyramid roof, then in 1862 on two storeys and finally rebuilt in 1940 on three storeys in height over more extensive area and very much changed in shape; frontage remaining closer to the street than other properties and raised to match Nos. 138 to 148 in 1970.

No. 138

Bank – District – 1940 to 1954

National Westminster – 1954 to 1985 +

No. 138a

Tobacconist – Lewis – 1937 to 1970 +

No. 138b

Residential flat/offices – upper floors

No. 138c

Ladies hairdresser – Richard of Mayfair

Mario Edmund – 1988 to 2000 – upper floor

No. 138 and 138a

Bar Med

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

Current Use:

138a b high st C0

The Slug and Lettuce


‘Semi-classical’ style 1930’s building on three storeys with two window elevation facing High Street and single window facing small public open space in front of Tesco.

Ground floor, off white painted timber shop front in existing reconstructed stone bays, with double door entrance, up single step from pavement, and set back in existing opening to left. Shop front in single pane panels, three to left and two on right with fixed fanlight windows over and solid painted panels below and set on blue painted concrete upstand kerb. Deep blue painted fascia over shop front with strip top lit raised gilt lettering ‘The Slug and Lettuce’.

Shop front returned on right into small public open space has similar off white painted timber shop front in four bays, one fixed, two in centre fixed double doors and fourth set back with double door side entrance to restaurant and single door adjacent to Tesco frontage to give access to upper floors. Side elevation has similar fascias, fanlights and kerbs as on main road frontage.

First and second floors, variegated London Stock brick elevation with two groups of white painted timber windows placed symmetrically in elevation set back from ground floor. First floor windows, ten square pane casements on each side of centre eight square top hung window over twelve square pane fixed window. Second floor, similar grouping but with nine square pane casements on each side of twelve pane top hung window. All windows have white painted rubbed brick header lintels with white painted slightly projecting moulded keystone over centre windows. Single centrally placed black painted cast iron rainwater head and downpipe taken on to narrow balcony at first floor level. Balcony enclosed by black painted wrought iron railing returned to wall face at each end.

Similar elevational treatment and choice of materials on first and second floors on each side of main façade to High Street. On left, one centrally placed window to each floor, first floor twenty four square pane casement, second floor eighteen pane casement with rendered brick flat arch lintels over windows and brick on edge cills.

Ground floor, covered access to courtyard behind with rendered and stepped lintel over full motor width opening.

On right, single group of windows only on each floor and single one pane wide slit window on wall above single door to upper floors.

Roof, flat roof with parapet capped by concrete/reconditioned stone coping and moulded white painted cornice at eaves level and returned over both side elevations.


Recent The Slug and Lettuce shop front gives greater unity of overall design than previous bank/shop front arrangement. The ground floor corner treatment without apparent support to floors above is visually extremely weak.

Importance: D

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey

138 High Street w