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Description: 3 and 11, High Street
Date Listed: 28 November 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 289926
OS Grid Reference: TQ1648449377
OS Grid Coordinates: 516484, 149377
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2317, -0.3330
Nos 3 and 11
(Formerly listed as
No 11 High Street and
No 3 North Street)
TQ 1649 SW 4/13 28.11.51
C17 and possibly earlier. An L-shaped building of 2 wings, one north-south,
and one east-west. A small part of the building comprises No 3 High Street,
but most is occupied by Arthur's the Builders and stands at the back of a
yard approached from the High Street and numbered 11 in the High Street.
2 storeys. Tiled roof. Both east-west and north-south wings timber-framed;
north-south wing with red brick cladding in "artisan mannerist" style on
western front in North Street. 7 window bays (later addition of attic storey
with one window in No 3 High Street). 6 brick pilasters rising through whole
height of building. String-course. Modillion eaves cornice. The original
windows were and are casement windows of 2 tiers and 3 lights but some have
been modernized; sash windows with glazing bars in No 3 High Street. Gable
ends facing north-west. Tiled roof. On western side within courtyard, 3
gabled dormers (2 with original brickwork) and 2 windows with segmental arches
in storey below. The building was originally the Chequers Inn, of which
the name was changed in 1660 to the King's Head Inn. It was locally called
the Marquis of Granby because it was thought to have served as the model
for the Inn of that name kept by Tony Weller's "widder" in "The Pickwick
Papers". But it ceased to have a licence between 1800 and 1850 and so was
not an Inn at the time "The Pickwick Papers" was written. Fine timber-framing
exposed within. Traces of mural painting in different parts of the building:
on ceiling of room 5th bay from north on ground floor of north-south wing;
on northern wall in room 4th window bay from north on 1st floor, and fleur-de-lys
design behind brickwork in adjoining passageway. Photographs in NMR.
Listing NGR: TQ1648449377
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