Town Survey Update 1998/2001

London Road East: Sheet eleven

Building: 26 Photo: B19

History:

Mid 19th century double fronted three storey brick building, demolished and rebuilt about 1883.

Tobacconist – Flint in 1848

Dressmaker – Morgan between 1848 and 1891

Dairy – Elses Farm Dairy, managed by Killick , 1891 to 1930

Frenches from 1930 to 1941

Greengrocer –

Bakery – Plaxtol Bakeries in 1975 to 1981

Lingerie – Undercover (see photograph B19)

Current Use:

26 london rd B19

Sergeant – antiques – private flat above.

Description:

Double fronted three storey red brick building.

Ground floor shop front has central single panelled entrance door and display windows on each side divided by central, all painted timber. Dark green painted stall risers and painted timber pilasters to door and at each end of shop front. Retractable sunblind with blank painted fascia and cornice over. Single door with fanlight over up two steps on left to flat above

First floor divided into two equal bays each of which has two semi-circular headed sash windows with brick pier between and moulded key bricks to each head and moulded brick string course at springing of each window arch. Cills painted concrete/stone with pair of brick moulded brackets under each window.

Second floor divided in two with single white painted timber casement and under shallow arched brick head to each window and set partly into small brick gable, all centred in each bay. Cills painted concrete/stone with pair of moulded brick brackets under each window. Decorative bands of projecting brickwork under verge of each gable, below eaves and as string courses at second floor cill level.

Slate roof to main pitch and dormers with decorative terracotta ridge pieces and finials and recent flue pipes below ridge level on RHS. Gutter projects and rainwater taken in downpipes at each end and in centre, the latter being taken to RHS hopper over blank painted fascia.

Comment:

Uneasy proportions and poor replacement windows but if well maintained could form an attractive part and contribute an interesting note of variety to the street scene. Currently, attention is concentrated on window displays rather than the building.

Importance: B/C

Included in previous survey.