Category Archives: High St & Market Sq

Market Square

Market square – Central block – Heritage Buildings

These lovely black and white buildings are from the 1933 re-layout of Market square. They exemplify the culmination of the Old English style of the Arts and Crafts movement. Continue reading

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Market Sq No. 14-18 Georgian Terrace – Heritage Buildings

These buildings are the oldest buildings in Market Square. They were originally built as private houses, in the early 18th century. They were the scene of several fatal fires in the Victorian / Edwardian era, which included the collection of … Continue reading

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Market Square No. 6-8 Caters Supermarket now Lloyds & Bon Marche

The TSB and Bon Marche occupy the former ‘Caters’ store built in 1957, one of the first modern self-service shopping supermarkets in the country. The architecture has a ‘Festival of Britain’ feel. It occupies the site of the Old Bull … Continue reading

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Market Square No. 1-3 – Maunders Bakery now McDonalds

MacDonalds occupies an 18th century shop which for generations until around 1971 was the Bakery of the Maunders family. Next door, Jessops also occupies a Georgian terrace of similar age and importance.

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Market Square No. 27, David Greig’s building – Heritage Building Profile

Built in 1912 for the David Greig chain of supermarkets. It has an orate stone frontage in Neo-Baroque style. It uses pre-fabricated decorative ceramic facings, in this case, terracotta, as used in buildings such as Dulwich College and the Royal … Continue reading

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High Street No. 147-149 & 151-153 Demolished – The White Hart Inn

This much lamented ancient Inn dated from the medieval era and had been rebuilt as the commercial hub in the 1830s. Replaced by a space wasting concrete cuboid. Continue reading

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Market Square Nos 12-13 Cafe Rouge – Heritage Building

Cafe Rouge occupies the first building displaying the transition from a small market town into a Victorian shopping centre. It was built in 1883 by local draper, Herbert Collings, well known for banishing the old system of credit in favour … Continue reading

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Market Square Nos 20-25 Former Dunns Building

Dunns furnishers sold high-end stylish furniture from their market square shop. Rebuilt in Arts and Crafts shop after a fire in 1909 and again after it was bombed in WW2. Continue reading

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Market Square The Old New Townhall – Heritage Buildings

Neo-Gothic brick new ‘Town Hall’ built by the new Lord of the Manor in the 1863 at his own cost Continue reading

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High Street No. 160, Victoria Chambers, now Primark’s Annex – Heritage Building Profile

This fine building is from the 1890s and built in the Arts & Crafts style with its characteristic Dutch influence. The blue plaque identifies it as the birthplace of the famous author HG Wells. Continue reading

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