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63 High Street

This attractive building has its gable to the High Street but the rear elevation faces the churchyard.

External Features:

The High Street frontage. The shop front with its bow window was no doubt a replacement in more modem times, but is nonetheless an attractive feature. Above this, the first floor is jettied out over a curved section supporting a moulded bressummer. The window frames may be original but the easements are the four paned Victorian variety, a jarring note in an old building.

The gable, under a steeply pitched roof, is supported on brackets and a further bressummer. The gable has an attic window. An unusual feature for Ashford is the fact that the side purlins project from the gable to meet the bargeboards. The gable may have been an updating of an earlier building. The churchyard frontage: This is twice j ettied with quite small projections and is tile hung. The roof here is half-hipped and tiled. All the windows are modern.


This has been extensively restored and contains many exposed beams. The roof is interesting and shows two methods of construction. The main part to the rear has a wind-brace roof, a feature in houses from 1450 to 1600. Later wind-braces, like crown-posts, disappeared owing to the wasteful use of timber. The front part of the roof has no wind-braces and was probably altered when the High Street facing gable was constructed sometime before or after 1600.

Historical Note: The property is thought to be that owned by Sir John Fogge of Repton Manor and left by him in his will of 1490 to his widow Dame Alice Fogge. At one time much later it was an ale house known as ‘The Turk’s Head’.

List Entry

List entry Number: 1071087 ➚

Grade: II

Date first listed: 24-Sep-1951

  1. 5344 HIGH STREET (South Side) No 63 TR 0142 NW 1/11 24.9.51.II GV
  2. A C16 timber-framed house with plastered front. 2 storeys and gable with moulded bressumer and bargeboards. Tiled roof. Surface of gable rough plaster. The 1st floor is jettied on brackets and has a moulded bressumer with cove beneath it. 4-light modern casement window on lst floor. On the ground floor there is an C18 or early C19 curved shop window with glazing bars intact. Interior has exposed beam. The rear elevation to the Churchyard is tile hung and has a half-hipped gable.

Nos 51 to 61 (odd). 61A, 63 to 67 (odd). 67A, 69 to 71 (odd). 75 and the rear part of 75 form a group with all items in The Churchyard.

Listing NGR: TR0101342778