Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street West: Sheet two

Building(s): 49 and 49A Photo: A3

History:

Early Victorian cottage converted to commercial use on ground floor with residential accommodation on upper floors and forming left hand of symmetrical pair with No. 51 and two storey link between. Shop front thought to be pre 1939 war.

Sportswear – Jodhpurs – c. 1995 to 1998 (see photograph A3)

Hairdressers – Haircraft – 1998 to 2001

Current Use:

49 49A high st A3

Khanhi’s Nail Studio

Description:

Three storey building under gable end with two window façade to first floor and single window to second.

Ground floor, single pane display window in painted timber frame with square leaded glazed double fanlight windows over and on medium height brick stall riser. Shop front with display window, stall riser and single entrance door to shop returned on right to single door to upper floors with glazed fanlight over. Plain/painted timber pilasters frame overall opening with medium height slightly splayed lead flashed fascia over and retractable full width awning.

First floor, two twelve pane white painted sash windows set symmetrically in pale multi stock brick façade with white painted reveals, concrete/stone lintels and cills.

Second floor, single six pane white painted sash window set centrally in pale multi stock brick facade with white painted reveals, concrete/stone lintel and cill all under gable end to roof.

Roof, plain clay tile roof and ridge finished over white painted deep projecting slightly moulded eaves and plain soffit to gable end, the latter returned at roof eaves level and flashed with lead. Two substantial stock brick chimneys on left hand party wall boundary with corbelled and brick-on-edge coping and two projecting brick string courses.

Comment:

Part of group with No. 51 (windows of No. 47 very similar) although gables appear of different widths – nice contrast. The deep bargeboard overhang and return at base are very simple and effective, giving an effect part way between Classical and Victorian Gothic. An important pair of buildings, although modest in size. Current mauve, purple and yellow colour scheme unsatisfactory and unsympathetic.

Importance: A/B

Not included in previous survey.