Tag Archives: 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 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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Don’t Clutter Market Square

Stop cluttering market square with garden shed kiosks, application 19_00241 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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High Street No. 162 Medhursts, now Primark – Heritage Building Profile

Primark occupies Fred Meadhurst’s Department store, the name being visible high above the central entrance. Medhurst’s was a drapery shop, first occupying numbers 49 and 50 in the High Street, which was started in 1879 by Fred Medhurst. The business … Continue reading

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High Street No. 180-184 High Street (HSBC Bank) – Heritage Building Profile

This classy building was erected in 1888 by the local butcher David Harris. It was designed by Walter Albert Williams and built in the Flemish style. Continue reading

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Market Square, The Charter Market – Heritage Buildings

Market Square is the centre of the Old Town which until the coming of the railway in 1858 comprised a single street.  It has been re-laid out, twice, in it’s history.

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