Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street West: Sheet eleven

Building(s): 63 and 65 Photo: A8

History:

Probably late 15th/early 16th century Grade II Listed buildings, timber framed and brick built on two storeys. Formerly Archbishop’s Reeves house. Front elevation roof line adjusted to give truncated affect with concealed lead flat roof and shop fronts added, probably mid/late 19th century. New entrance in glazed timber framed structure enclosing spiral staircase to upper floor at junction of original building and later rear addition facing Rockdale Road and probably dating from early 1970’s.

Archbishop’s Reeves house – dates unknown

Sportswear and sports goods – James Outram – 19.. to 2001 (see photograph A8)

(saddlery and harness making at rear of premises)

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

Current Use:

63 65 high st A8

Loch Fyne fish restaurant.

Description:

Two storey building with overall symmetrical treatment on both floors of elevation facing High Street.

Ground floor, four bays of timber framed display windows on medium height stucco stall risers with incised lines, stepped to suit slope in adjacent road levels and separated by central fixed glazed window and timber framed doors, slightly off-centre each side. Front left hand side, windows divided in four panes, two panes, small two pane splayed projecting bay with four fanlights over and shallow side windows to match and window on far right with two large panes. Doors glazed above solid timber panels and that to right has fanlight over.

First floor, oversails ground floor supported by timber brackets with plastered soffit and moulded timber fascia. Oversailing façade raised in centre and supported on carved brackets. Whole of first floor façade covered with 19th century fishscale clay tiles carried up in centre as parapet with lead coping and brought down as half gable to left and right. Three 18th century sash windows with glazing bars in centre and large modern painted timber mullioned and transomed casements to left and right.

Roof, plain clay tile and ridge behind parapet in centre, hipped to left.

South side elevation towards Rockdale Road, half timbered on ground floor with red brick infilling and plain and fishscale clay tile hanging above.

Comment:

The photograph shows the strange present form of the building but does not capture the impressive effect of the red pattern fishscale tiles, some of which in the top left hand corner of the picture have been replaced with the wrong pattern – this is a tremendous shame and is very noticeable on the real building.

The level change in the windows and tile base may be due to a floored open hall and presumably at some stage the roof was raised.

The shop fronts could no doubt be improved on although they have the virtue of being unfussy.

The new entrance and staircase on the Rockdale Road frontage form quite a nice example of blending old and new architecture.

Importance: A

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey

63 65 High Street w