Survey Data

Reg No




Categories of Special Interest


Previous Name

Stephen Street News/The People’s Café

Original Use


Historical Use

Shop/retail outlet

In Use As

Apartment/flat (converted)


1730 - 1920


315698, 233706

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Attached two-bay three-storey former house, built c. 1750, refaced and having replacement shopfront and recessed attic storey inserted. Now in residential use, with vacant commercial unit on ground floor. Gambrel roof, with set-back attic storey and stepped buff brick chimneystack with replacement clay pots to west party wall, concealed behind brick parapet with masonry coping. Machine-made red brick walling of c. 1910, laid in English garden wall bond. Square-headed window openings with concrete sills and brick voussoirs to first floor only; second floor window openings reconfigured. Replacement uPVC windows. Forms part of group of similarly styled and dated buildings.


No. 39 is thought to have mid-eighteenth-century origins, evident from the stepped chimneystack to the centre of the western party wall but it is unclear if any corner fireplaces survive internally. Refaced in the early twentieth century and a modern shopfront inserted across ground floor, the original character has been further eroded in recent decades with the insertion of a gambrel roof with attic storey and replacement uPVC windows. Despite these changes, the building retains the Georgian domestic plot size, massing and chimneystack, and as part of a stretch of similarly dated buildings, it continues to make a positive contribution to the varied character of this historic streetscape.