Town Survey Update 1998/2001

London Road East: Sheet seventeen

Building: 44 (former Lady Boswell’s School) Photo: B25

History:

Grade II listed building dated 1818. Continued as school until 1972. An interesting example of a historic endowed primary school. (Transferred to bottom of Plymouth Drive).

Current Use:

44 london rd B25

Job Centre and other Government offices.

Description:

On two storeys with 1.3.1 window façade, centre feature pedimented and slightly projecting. Supporting features to right and left recessed and raised on either side and surmounted by parapet with entablature band and cornice. Corners of parapet surmounted by four stone ornamental balls. Elevation of coursed local stone with random stone with flint infilling on first floor in centre and on first floor to right. Supporting wings with parapets of random stone.

Ground floor has three large modern windows in centre with vertical and horizontal glazing bars in recessed stone arches with panels of random stone below cills. Stone band above ground floor windows in centre and to right and continuous plinth. Modern double door to left, up two projecting stone steps, contained under round-headed stone arch and modern fanlight. 19th century panelled double doors to right, up modern ramp with simple timber rail, with modern fanlight over and contained under corresponding round-headed stone arch. ‘Job Centre’ lettering in fanlight.

First floor with five large windows with vertical and horizontal glazing bars with flat stone lintel arches over. Projecting cills of three centre windows connected to form string course. Centre feature with projecting moulded stone pediment. Rectangular stone plaque in centre of pediment with inscription and surmounted by carved stone shield adorned with swags.

‘Classical’ style continued on return elevations to north and south, the latter having modern three storey office set back at the rear of number 44.

Comment:

An important building in the town’s history and current street scene and must be kept in good condition and preserved.

Importance: A

Listed but not included in previous survey.