Monday, 8 July 2013

8 Market Place and 1a Mealhouse Brow

A listed building consisting of a late 18th or early 19th century house incorporating a 19th century shop front and reusing timbers of medieval or 17th century origin. The building is approached by a flight of stone steps. A low frontage wall with a cast-iron lamp standard is the parapet of 1a Mealhouse Brow, which is on a lower level owing to the slope of the land. Three storeys to the Market Place, of brick in Flemish bond, with a bracketed eaves cornice and restored sash windows. The windows have repaired stone lintels and original stone sills. A facsimile rainwater head has the date 1743, the original perhaps salvaged from another building or from an earlier building on the site. The shop front is bowed and has terracotta foliated brackets supporting a cornice on each side. The rear wall of the building incorporates timbers with mortices and peg holes.

1a Mealhouse Brow consists of a single-storey range towards the Market Place and the adjacent basement and lower basement of No. 8 Market Place. The upper rooms of this part were used for meetings of the town's manorial court leet, and incorporates two small chambers possibly used as lock-ups, The lower basement incorporates two separate chambers used for confinement until 1790 when a new prison was built.

The second-storey wall has ghost advertising (partially obscured) which relates to its past use as Ladies and Gents Tailors. Currently empty, recently it was occupied by the "Vintage Style Agency" but in 2010 it was a coffee shop.

A contribution to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.


  1. what a unique building and interesting stairs leading you in. Nice!!

  2. Wow, that is a fascinating find, and I'm so impressed with your knowledge of its history! It seems everything has become a coffeeshop nowadays, eh?
    I like the rakish angle of the lantern at the top of the stairs :)
    Have a great week!

  3. Those curved stone steps add an elegant touch to this building. I can see this as a nice coffee shop or restaurant with the front upper level patio. Hopefully, someone else with a dream and loads of cash will put it to good use for the community.

  4. Alluring entrance. Thanks for sharing the history.