Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet twelve

Building: 70 Photo: E23

History:

Originally a double fronted shop in brick on ground floor with weatherboarding and two large double-hung sash windows on first floor. Plain tiled roof with two flat topped dormers.

Grocer – Winter – 1839 to 1850

Florist – Seale – 1839 to 1852

Harness-maker – Winter – 1850 to 1865

Ironmonger and farrier – Thomas Guest – 1865 to 1901/02

Pullinger – 1901/02 to 1904

Ironmonger – Kettle – 1904 to 1905

Cornmerchant, ironmonger and smith – F H Brigden – 1905 to 1907

Confectioner – Harrington – 1909 to 1912

Sewing machines – Singer’s Sewing Company – 1910 to 1917

Dyers – Scott joined Singers in 1914 to 1917

Building demolished and rebuilt in 1921

Bank – National Provincial and Union Bank – 1921 to 1975

Current Use:

70 high st E23 1

Brittania Building Society

Description:

Grade II listed modern Georgian style building, dated 1921 (1926 on rainwater hopper – RHT) on four floors with a pedimented façade and three windows to each floor and centre circular attic window in pediment.

Upper floors in red brick with blue headers and red brick quoins and dressings. Flat arches of rubbed red headers over windows with centre projecting stone voussoirs. Centre stone voussoir over centre window on first floor carved and enriched and recessed rectangular brick panels over first floor windows. Sash windows in moulded exposed frames with glazing bars and projecting moulded stone cills. Centre sash windows on all floors with three vertical panels. Narrower sash windows to right and to left with two vertical panels. Top circular window in pediment with glazing bars and four stone voussoirs placed diametrically.

Painted wooden moulded modillioned pediment with carved and enrich console brackets and egg-and-dart moulded fillet. Leaded roof to pediment gable and ridge tile roof to rear.

Ground floor with slightly projecting office front with four fluted Ionic columns supporting moulded entablature with dentilled cornice.

Ornamental cast iron railings summounting office front and forming long narrow veranda in front of first floor windows. Stone plinth to office front. Panelled double doors to left, up three moulded stone steps, with fanlight over in moulded wooden arched surround with centre projecting voussoir. Two office windows to right with glazing bars in wooden arched moulded surrounds. Two ornamental panels of cast iron railings in front of both office windows. The whole of the ground floor office front is of unpainted dark teak.

Comment:

Robust and convincing example of Neo-Georgian style building, although the ground floor does not quite live up to the other floors, the Grade II listing is justified.

Importance: A

Not included in previous survey.