Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street West: Sheet seventeen

Building: 73 Photo(s): A2/B7/F33

History:

The Chequers Inn, a Grade II listed building, possibly originally dating from 12th century, the present two storey plus attic timber framed structure being from 16th or early 17th century. In mid 19th century, the front wall was clad in white painted boards, later tarred. A casement bay was formed below the jetted first floor with two other casements and two white painted stuccoed gables encompassed the first and second floors, being originally linked by a low parapet carrying the name of the establishment. The two first floor front casements have moulded plaster dripstones or hood mould over, fitted in medieval times to throw rainwater away from the window below. The tiled roof is a complicated structure.

Landlord – Martin and Co. – 1890’s

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

Current Use:

73 high st 1

73 high st 2

73 high st 3

Public House

Description:

Symmetrical stucco elevation to High Street with first floor jetted over-sailing and supported on timber brackets. Large gables to right and left with centre parapet and ridge and plain tile roof. On two storeys with attic gable windows and centre gabled dormer.

Ground floor with painted weatherboarding in centre and stucco plinth. Two half-glazed and panelled doors with square paned window in centre and casement window to left and splayed projecting bay window to right.

First floor with three sets of widely spaced mullioned casements with ornamental moulded dripstones over. Painted stucco elevation has raised lettered signs below left and centre windows, ‘16th Century House’ and ‘The Chequers’, respectively. Parapet in centre with moulded stucco coping and ornamental 19th century bargeboards to gable and centre dormer; projecting wooden post in centre with suspended inn sign.

London Road elevation is of painted brick with painted brick plinth, on two storeys with two window façade and projecting eaves and gutter. Hipped mansard tiled roof with sprocketed eaves and two flat-roofed leaded dormers with sliding casements.

Ground floor, with centre half-glazed and panelled door with glazing bars and rectangular fanlight and flat projecting bracketed hood over. Splayed projecting bay to left of door containing sash windows with glazing bars and moulded headpiece with flat roof. Projecting oriel window to right of door containing square-paned casements with top lights and dentilled headpiece with flat roof.

Two carved brackets supporting oriel window.

First floor, with two tripartite sash windows with glazing bars. Rainwater pipe and projecting wooden arm in centre, the latter with suspended inn sign.

To left of main elevation, a two storey projecting 18th century addition of painted brick with random stone plinth, moulded eaves, gutter and hipped plain tile roof. One sash window with glazing bars in centre on ground floor with single solid timber door on flank wall to right and inn sign over on first floor. Two widely spaced similar sash windows on first floor.

Comment:

Familiar theme of a pair of gables with linking central range, gables possibly added in 19th century. The High Street bay echoed by another bay and oriel on London Road elevation. Can something be made of the set back on the London Road, perhaps a tree?

Importance: A

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey (London Road)

73 High Street 4 w