Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street East: Sheet fifteen

Building(s): 74 & 76 Photo: E21

History:

Building No. 74 in 1850 had plain brick face and three storeys high with parapet similar to No. 72 but separate structure. Building demolished and rebuilt in 1907 with decorated brickwork surrounding and capping the windows and a Dutch gable take up as a parapet.

Building No. 76 originally two storeys in rendered brickwork and steep tiled roof prior to 1865.

Buildings Nos. 72, 74 and 78 demolished in late 1970’s.

No. 74

Fishmonger – Care – 1839 to 1850

Poulter – 1850 to 1891

Tea merchant – International Tea Company – 1891 to 1895

Picture framer – Frank Purley – 1895 to 1901

Dairy – West End Dairy (Miss Cordy) – 1901 to 1904

Photographer – Cranbourne Photographics on upper floor

Building demolished and rebuilt 1907

General stores – International Stores – 1907 to 1975

No. 76

Draper – Cook – 1891 to 1901

Newspapers – Sevenoaks Telegraph and Kent Messenger – 1901 to 1906

Butchers – London Meat Supply – 1907 to 1923

W Naylor – 1923 to 1964

Radios – Radio Rentals – 1965 to 1975

No. 76A

Butcher – Burton – 1891 to 1914

Club – Rainbow Services Club – 1914 to 1918

Stationers and Toys – J H Lorimer – 1926 to 1929 with Blue Bird Café above (see No. 78A)

then incorporated into No. 78A until 1975

Nos. 74 & 76

Halifax Bank and Building Society – 1975 to 2001 (see photograph E21)

Current Use:

74 76 high st E21

No. 74 – Savills

No. 76 – Savills

Description:

Three storey, two bay width, modern style building with flat roof, white painted fascia dressed with lead. Multi-coloured red/brown brick to party end walls, piers to each single entrance doors recessed on right hand side of each building and low level stall riser.

No. 74

Ground floor shop front, display window and entrance door glazed and metal, the window being divided in two vertically. Deep blue fascia over with FPDSavills over door on right.

No. 76

Single glazed and metal display window with cill and deep blue fascia over. Two shallow steps up to blanked off entrance door from rear of pavement.

First and second floors in dark brown plain vertical tiling with one pair sash windows on each floor to each building in white reveals to windows and natural timber cills.

Comment:

Undistinguished modern building not entirely sympathetic in scale with its immediate neighbours.

Importance: C

Not included in previous survey.