Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street West: Sheet nine/ten

Building: 61 Photo: A7

History:

Constructed pre 1790, with Nos. 57, 59 and another adjoining, as single or pair of cottages and similar in design to the others with ground floor bay windows with ventilators to cellars below; No. 61 with adjoining shop being wider and deeper than Nos. 57 and 59 and having double fronted shop fronts. No. 61 demolished around 1909 and present Edwardian purpose built shop with living accommodation above erected; date of demolition of adjoining building unknown.

Grocer – Colebrook – from 1800 to 1839

– Parker family – 1839 to 1900 (successive members of family)

– J C Russell – 1901 to 1903

Grocery and provisions – Sage and Payne – 1903 to 1908 – International Stores – 1908 to 1965 (trading as E J Payne who managed shop)

Current Use:

61 high st A7

Sun Do Chinese Restaurant

Description:

Three storey purpose built Edwardian shop converted to first Chinese restaurant in town in about 1965.

Ground floor, re-styled recently to five panel full height glazed display windows with single solid marble panel off-centre to right and single glazed entrance door to extreme right. Black metal frames to display windows and door set in marble surrounds with semi-permanent full width blind over with ‘Sun Do Restaurant’ lettering and capped by full width white painted moulded timber cornice.

First floor, red brick two window façade with raised brick quoins at each end and two symmetrically placed full height white painted timber oriels, each with two six pane casements on front and one six pane casement each side with four pane casements over each.

Second floor, full width projecting half timbered gable with ‘pebble-dash’ infill and four six pane casements set symmetrically under tile hung projecting upper gable; soffits to gables rendered and painted white.

Roof, plain clay tiles and ridge with cement infill at eaves and short brick chimney with corbelled brick coping and two clay flues on party wall with No. 59.

Comment:

Building has some character, the oriels, projecting gables and quoins echo features in many Sevenoaks buildings but mix of materials does not work so well and marble shop front is regrettable.

Importance: B

Not included in previous survey.