Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street West: Sheet thirty five/thirty six

Building: 99B Photo: A31

History:

Originally a two storey building matching the other half, No. 99. By 1875 a brick building with two small paned windows in the shop. The casement windows on the first floor were in line with those at Nos. 97 and 97A but No. 99B had been extended one storey higher with the individual upper storey sash windows fitted against the extended eaves line. It was completely rebuilt prior to 1952 to the same height with four metal casements spread evenly over the wall face and is unchanged at the present time.

In early days, No. 99B was split in two:

Baker and confectioner – Collins – 1839 to 1891 (southern part)

Boot and Shoemaker – Marsh – 1891 to 1916

– Davie – 1917 to 1920

Baker – Cecil Brown – 1930 to 1940 (one half)

Dyers and Cleaners – Pullars of Perth – 1930 to 1941 (one half)

Costumier – Gay – 1949 to 1968

Rejoined to No. 99 in 1982

Gift shop – Saffron – 1982 to 1997

Current Use:

99B high st A31

Country Dry Cleaners and Cobbler

Description:

Two window façade on three storeys rebuilt in 1952.

Ground floor, modern moulded timber shop front in five equal full height bays, four as display windows and a single entrance door, on right, set flush to rear of pavement with shallow fanlight over. Shop front rests on low rendered stall riser and enclosed by moulded timber pilasters at each end. Medium deep framed fascia full width over shop front with guilded lettering ‘Country Dry Cleaners and Cobbler’.

First/second floors, brick above rendered apron between first floor windows and top of fascia. Four equally space Crittall style casement metal windows, two per floor, with horizontal glazing bars, opening side lights and centre fanlight, top hung. Precast concrete cills and half brick on end supporting horizontal tile lintel over windows.

Roof, plain tiles and ridge with half round gutter, projecting timber eaves and round rainwater downpipe to left of elevation.

Comment:

Mid 20th century building/façade is unsatisfactory, although it is understood there is an ancient structure behind, cellars and timber framing remaining at the rear. The building is neither offensive nor of any merit but could be improved by replacing metal windows and general better maintenance. The present shop front is an improvement on that shown in photograph A31. Unlisted.

Importance: B/C

Not included in previous survey.