Town Survey Update 1998/2001

London Road East: Sheet fourteen

Buildings: 32 and 34 Photo: B22

History:

Some very old cottages, one occupied by a goldsmith, were on the London Road/Bank Street junction and were demolished to make way for the original Anchor Inn, possibly 18th century. In 1923 the inn was rebuilt from three storeys with mansard roof to current two storey buildings, no. 34 was incorporated at the same time. See description below.

Current Use:

32 34 london rd B22

Anchor Public House.

Description:

Two storeys under steep pitched clay tile roof at junction with Bank Street, building curved at corner at all levels. Ground floor in brick with narrow timber double doors on corner with leaded windows in upper panels and fanlight over under semi-circular moulded timber canopy, lead covered; doors one step up from pavement. Four white painted timber windows all with fanlights over and white painted moulded cills and projecting brackets and chamfered brick arches at heads; two windows double casements with six pane leaves each, one single casement with six panes and one casement with four panes.

First floor in plain clay tiles with one double casement and two single casement windows in white painted timber frames, all over similar windows on ground floor. A further curved four casement white painted timber window over entrance doors.

Elevation facing Bank Street in similar facing materials to London Road elevation but has four equally spaced double casement windows on ground floor with two double casement windows on first floor.

Steep pitched roof follows curved form of lower floors at junction and has PVC rainwater gutter (black) on white painted eaves board supported by projecting rafters. Rainwater downpipes are sited at each side of curved roof and at north end of London Road elevation.

A gold ‘The Anchor’ sign is sited under the three first floor windows with a wrought iron projecting sign hanging over the windows on the LHS of the doors; there are six advertisement shields on each side of the doors and between seven of the ground floor windows.

Three brick chimneys increased in width by half brick for two six courses with projecting capping on the two facing London Road.

Comment:

Well detailed but needs attention. Good scale and corner doorway follows curve of main building.

Importance: B/C

Not included in previous survey.