Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street West: Sheet twenty seven

Building: 85 Photo: A25


In 16th century, No. 85 comprised two cottages occupied by baker and greengrocer, rebuilt in late 17th/early 18th century, it had two bay windows with squared glass panes and roofed pillared porch between them, all surmounted by decorated cornice, and approached by two steps with white faced stone treads from the street. Upper storey clad in weatherboarding with two sash windows and slow pitched roof, similar in structure to several others in town before weatherboard section added.

Printers, book binders and stationers

J Clout – 1802 to 1817

Hodsell and Clout – 1817 to 18

Page – 18 to 1842

Harrison – 1842 to 1880

Salmon – 1880 to 1925

Miss. G Dotterell – 1925 to 1931

Lorimer – 1931 to 1938

Clothes – County Cleaners – 1938 to 1940

Empty until 1948 when demolished and rebuilt as part of Lloyds

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

Current Use:

83 high st A25

Lloyds TSB Bank plc


Built 1948 in Jacobean style to match No. 83 on three storeys with two window façade under two stone capped gables facing High Street and in red rustic semi-faced brick walling.

Ground/first floors, each has two single storey height windows with square panes in lead casements, moulded stone mullions and transoms, quoin style surrounds and moulded dripstones over. Dressed Portland stone dado to ground floor.

Second floor, two square windows with square panes in lead casements, moulded stone mullions, quoin style surrounds and moulded dripstones over. Raised brick quoins at each end of elevation and between windows and pressed steel downpipe and hopper in centre.

Roof, two stone capped gables enclosing brickwork with pre-cast concrete coping to brick return into roof on left.


The building is of high quality and in good repair but architecturally less successful than No. 83. Previous buildings to both, more in character.

Importance: B/C

Not included in previous survey.

1981 survey

83 High Street w