Description: 32, High Street
Date Listed: 14 September 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 293891
OS Grid Reference: TQ8255309712
OS Grid Coordinates: 582553, 109712
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8581, 0.5924
757/8/13 HIGH STREET
14-SEP-76 (Southeast side)
Shop and accommodation, late C18 with early to mid C19 façade and restored mid C19 shopfront. It is thought to be on the site of the southern bay of a former Wealden hall house. Late C17 to early C18 cross wing.
MATERIALS: Front elevation stucco rendered with a hipped slate roof behind a rendered blocking course. Rear, red, brown, and buff brick wing has a tile hung upper gable wall and half-hipped plain tile gambrel roof. Internal brick stack. Rear of hipped slate roofed bay is of red brick with burnt headers.
PLAN: Ground floor shop with two storeys of accommodation above. Passage within the structure of No. 31 leads to the rear of No. 32 which occupies the rear of the cross wing attached to No. 31. Narrow hipped rear bay.
EXTERIOR: Single bay street elevation has a shop front with a door of four near-flush panels to the right. Shop window of four-over-four fixed rectangular panes under a deep pierced grille. Panels below and above the window are restored. All are under a deep moulded fascia which appears to be partly boarded over. To the left and included within No. 31 is a four-panelled door leading to a side passage giving access to the shop and rear of the house. The first floor has a single tripartite window, the central panel of six-over-six panes. The upper floor has a single unhorned sash of eight-over-eight panes. The blocking course has a narrow moulded cornice. The rear elevation has an eight-over-eight pane unhorned sash in an exposed box to each upper storey of the early C18 brick wing, and a six-over-six pane sash under a flat red brick arch to the upper floors of the hipped slate roof bay. The interior was not seen.
All the listed buildings in the High Street up to and including No 118
form a group.
HISTORY: No. 32 High Street is on the site of the former southern bay of a Wealden hall house which forms No. 31 High Street. It is presumed that the bay was demolished possibly in the C17 or C18 and subsequently replaced by the existing early to mid C19 three-storey block. The rear wing shared with No. 31 is of late C17 or early C18 origin. The 1967 survey of No. 31 High Street noted doorways connecting with No. 32, which were thought to be modern. At attic level No. 32 was formerly connected to No. 31 by a doorway, visible in No. 31, which is now blocked. The building is within a rich context of historic buildings in the High Street, which forms the core of medieval and early post-medieval Hastings.
Report no 0180, 'Rape of Hastings Architectural Survey', 1975
REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
No. 32 High street is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* The present building is on the site of the southern bay of a C15 Wealden house which was probably demolished in the C17 or C18
* It incorporates the rear part of the C17 or C18 crosswing attached to No. 31, which is entered though a passage within the historic fabric of No. 31
* It has a near intact early to mid C19 front and slightly later restored shopfront
* It is within a rich context of medieval and early post-medieval Hastings.
Listing NGR: TQ8255209715
Source: English Heritage
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