Town Survey Update 1998/2001

High Street West: Sheet fifty three/four

Building: 121 Photo: D15

History:

By 1865, the wooden construction had been changed to two storey brickwork, retaining the irregular tiled roof shared with Nos. 119 and 123, and two flat headed dormers with metal framed leaded lights were fitted. The shop front was well forward of the main wall. The building was raised another storey in 1920’s and possibly re-faced ? Earlier a gated archway between Nos. 121 and 123 led through to Pett’s Yard to the rear.

Basket maker – Amos Pett – 1852 to 1924

Undertaker – Amos Pett – 1891 to 1924

Carpenter, cabinet maker and joiner – Henry Pett (son) – 1903 to 1905

Florists – Turner, Craze and Lawrence – 1929 to 1957

Gentlemen’s Outfitters – Walker (Arthur) – 1980 to 1996

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

Current Use:

121 high st D15

British Heart Foundation

Description:

Two window façade on three storeys.

Ground floor, painted timber shop front with centre entrance door and right hand stall riser and three pane single glazed display windows set back from rear of pavement; door and stall riser slightly raised from pavement levels and tiled with square quarry tiles. Two full height single glazed display windows to left with third splayed in two glazed single entrance door. Stall risers timber panelled. Single white painted narrow full height pier to right. Lead flashed very deep timber painted fascia.

First and second floors, fairfaced brickwork with four widely spaced windows with pronounced white painted timber frames under brick on edge lintels. Each window, two per floor, have single light and single light with fanlight, handed with the latter sited towards the middle, windows glazed with square leaded lights, the bottom left hand fanlight being replaced by ventilator grille.

Roof, slate roof to ridge tile with three stack stock brick chimney with corbelled brick capping and lead flashing to roof. Half round gutter on projecting white painted timber eaves with round rainwater downpipe to right.

Comment:

A simple but effective building which gives it strength. The gable of No. 123 cuts into the elevation nicely. Although lettering on fascia has been reduced in size from that shown in photograph D15, the fascia is still too deep and out-of-scale with the rest of the façade.

Importance: B/C

Included in previous survey.

1981 survey

121 High Street w