Town Survey Update 1998/2001

London Road East: Sheet fifteen

Buildings: 36 and 38 Photo: B23

History:

At one time there were four shops, number 36 to 42, none of which currently appear on the façade! The building now falls into two interconnecting parts used by the Hardware Centre, see also under numbers 40 and 42. The newer part, numbers 36 and 38, is 20th century having been rebuilt in 1934.

Butcher – 1891 to 1923

Men’s wear – Youngs – 1934 to 1977

Current Use:

36 38 london rd B23

The Hardware Centre – both ground and first floor.

Description:

On two floors under plain clay tile roof with white gutter on white painted fascia. Ground and first floors treated symmetrically with central single door under elaborate, arched projecting doorcase with lead flashing, the bays on each side being approximately twice the width of the door and case.

Ground floor has single frame display windows set on each side of centre door and set in bronze metal sub-frame and timber surround. Stall riser white painted rendering. Narrow, in scale, brick orange fascia with white lettering under dark green awning/blind and casing.

First floor treated in pseudo black and white mock Tudor framing with four casement windows on each side of centre double casement, fixed with square leaded lights. Frames between windows carried up as supports to projecting eaves.

Comment:

With numbers 40 and 42 form an attractive part of the street scene and should be preserved.

Importance: B/C

Not included in previous survey.