TOWN SURVEY UPDATE 2010

UPPER HIGH STREET EAST Building: Nos 38-44

Listing:

Grade II, LBS number 172188 (Nos 40-44 only)

History:

18C, built as a terrace of residential houses, 38 and 42 have remained as private residences, but others have had various commercial and residential uses.
The whole block was probably owned at one stage by Mrs Joan Constant, who also owned the garden opposite, which she gave to the town. 38 was eventually sold to Sevenoaks School. 44B used as offices into the 1990s then returned to residential.
44A was a carpet shop, a charity shop (Age Concern), and Estate Agents Sly, Alexanders.

Current Use:

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Commercial use and private residences. 40 occupied by Alexanders, 44A occupied by Taylor & Tester.

Description:

A difficult group which appears to have undergone several alterations which are now hard to read. Red brick terrace houses of three storeys with attic rooms in the ridge mansard roof, hipped at both ends, with 6 flat-roofed leaded dormers. Coursed stone plinth. Basement and area with C18 cast iron railings in front of 38, 42 &44A. Brick pilaster carried up 2 storeys between 38 & 40, and 42 & 44A. Originally five sash windows on ground floor, of which two have been replaced by C20 slightly bowed Georgian-style shop windows in 40 and 44. Six irregularly placed sash windows on first floor. Evidence in the brickwork suggest that 40 originally had only one first floor window at an angle above the ground floor window as in 38. Arched brick porch to left of shop window of 40 leading to recessed C18 panelled door with fanlight over. Ground floor and first floor windows of 42 have been enlarged and a small octagon window added to right of ground floor window. 44 also with arched brick porch to right of shop window. Chimney stacks service 38 and 40 to right, and 42 to left. Chimney stack for 44 is at rear. The overall impression is that this was at one time five houses.