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12 and 14, High Street, Rochester

Description: 12 and 14, High Street

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 October 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 172974

OS Grid Reference: TQ7419768748
OS Grid Coordinates: 574197, 168748
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3910, 0.5023

Location: 58 High Street, Strood, Medway ME1 1PT

Locality: Rochester
County: Medway
Country: England
Postcode: ME1 1PT

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There is also a scheduled monument, Bridge Chapel, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

TQ 7468
7/43 Nos 12 and 14
Formerly a pair of houses (probably with shops), now a shop with
offices. They stand end-on to the street and are of the same
build, c.1500, with later additions. The original plan of each
was probably the standard 2-cell, storeyed block with the shop
facing the street. If so, then No 14 was extended to the rear
at an early date, perhaps the first quarter of the sixteenth
century (see blocked window and early door described below).
Lateral stairs (C17 where dateable) possibly in original
position. Timber-framed with plaster infil; the framing consists
of close-set studs with downard braces; crown post roofs. 2
storeys with gabled attic; Kent tiled roofs. Brick stacks in
valleys. Exterior: No 12 with late C20 shop front and door; No
14 with c.1900 shopfront (fluted end pilasters, large glazed
windows with decorative uprights and little rectangular
overlight, tiled plinth, panelled reveal). 1st floor jettied
with floor joists exposed. Most of the framing survives to No
14, but a substantial central section of the 1st floor framing
of No 12 has been altered. Intermediate studs possibly inserted
when the paired leaded casement windows placed under the tie in
the C17 (4 pairs to No 14 2 to No 12); some C20 renewal. The
lower rails to No 12 may mark position of original windows.
Gable framing identical. No 14 has some jettying to rear; C19
warehouse/workshop (with hoist) to rear of No 14. Interior: much
remodelled. Internal party wall has downward braces and studs;
formerly external doorway with 4-centred arch with 5 light
blocked window adjacent with diamong mullions, now part of party
wall. Crown post roofs, that to No 12 with a slightly non-
standard crown-post with run-outs C17 stairs (to No 14) with
stout turned balusters. Plain vaulted cellar.

Listing NGR: TQ7419568747

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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