Survey Data

Reg No

50070203


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural


Original Use

House


Date

1740 - 1760


Coordinates

314718, 234645


Date Recorded

29/10/2012


Date Updated

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Description

Attached two-bay four-storey house, built c.1750, now partly roofless and derelict. Remains of hipped slate roof. Brown brick chimneystack, cast-iron rainwater goods, brown brick parapet wall with some granite coping. Brown brick, laid in Flemish bond, to walls, channelled granite quoins to front (south) elevation, block-and-start to east and west elevations, wall and quoins to front painted to first and second floors. Square-headed window openings to front, red brick voussoirs, render surrounds and sills, blocked. Shopfront to front removed, door and window openings blocked, supports for fascia and square-headed door opening visible. Upper walls supported with steel girders.

Appraisal

Although it is now derelict, the architectural merit of this building may be discerned through its form and fabric, the decreasing scale of fenestration creating a well-proportioned fa├žade, a common characteristic in Georgian houses. The scale and form of this and other similar buildings on the street imply that North King Street was originally an important thoroughfare in the city. Thom's Directory of 1850 lists it as 'Brangan, Lawrence & Co, Seed and nurserymen', and it would have benefited from its proximity to the fair crowds in Smithfield. While the other edges of Smithfield are defined by new buildings, this small group of buildings is a visual reminder of the historic nature of the space.