Town Survey Update 1998/2001

London Road East: Sheet twenty

Buildings: 50 and 52 Photo: B28 and B29

History:

Double fronted building on three floors with single storey rear extension built in 1880’s in similar bricks used when Homesdale Brewery altered about the same time.

No. 50

Harness and saddlers – various ownerships – 1900 to 1941

Footwear, travel showroom – 1949 to 1960

Fabrics – Paul Anthony Fabrics – (see photograph B28)

No. 52

Optician – Melson Wingate – 1939 to 1952 +

Current Use:

50 52 london rd B28

No. 50 Tailor – Arturo’s Tailoring – offices in upper floors.

50 52 london rd B29

No. 52 Charity shop – Age Concern – offices in upper floors.

Description:

On three floors in yellow stock brick construction with ‘Victorian’ style surrounds to shop fronts.

Ground floor shop fronts to each similar with main single doors to upper floors at each end of elevation with glazed white painted doors and glazed fanlights over. Shop fronts framed in robust ‘Doric’ pilasters, bases and capitals and acanthus style brackets enclosing gilt on black street numbers on glazed fanlights under moulded cornice. Single pilasters at each end of building with double pilasters between shops and between shop fronts and end doors. Deep fascias match end fanlights over white painted timber shop fronts, with single shop entrance doors on each side of central pilasters, and single glazed with centre division on low black painted brick stall riser. Number 52 has two steps up from pavement to account for start of fall in levels northwards, remainder are at pavement level.

First and second floors have pair of white painted sash windows to each half of building. First floor windows, rectangular in shape with strongly moulded cornices with supporting brackets, architraves and projecting cills with smaller brackets. Second floor windows set in brickwork with flat arch brick header lintels and projecting cills with end brackets.

Roof shallow pitched hipped slate with central brick chimney, clean line of projecting eaves and gutters with rainwater downpipes taken north and south side elevations.

Comment:

Battered with untidy wirescape but worth preserving.

Importance: B/C

Not included in previous survey.