5 Market Place – H & T Pawnbrokers

Was this once an elegant Georgian town house?
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The first pawnbrokers in England date back to the Norman conquest in 1066.
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Cast iron rainwater pipes and gutters were first introduced in the late 1700s to replace lead. Look out for decorative motifs on the hopper heads where rainwater collects.

Brief History

5 Market Place was built in the early 19th century and may originally have been an elegant townhouse.

A pilaster is a rectangular, flat column that protrudes from a wall.

Current Condition

The upper façade is rendered. It has half-round cast metal gutters,  concrete roof tiles and a large 20th-century brick chimney. The 20th-century aluminium shop front has timber pilasters. It is an attractive building in reasonable condition, but the ground floor shopfront with unattractive corporate signage detracts from its appearance. Fortunately, the concrete roof tiles are not readily seen. Sash windows have been retained on the upper floors, however, there is some staining owing to a leaking gutter joint.

Suggested Works

Explore evidence for original shop front and reinstate if possible. Replace concrete roof tiles with natural Welsh slate.

Current Tenant/Owner

H & T Pawnbrokers

5 Market Place

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