6-7 Market Place

Is this an example of elegant Georgian Mansfield?
Gambling was just as popular in Georgian England as it is today

This shop was recently a bookmaker's. The first bookie in the UK was a man called Harry Ogden. He started his business in the 1790s at Newmarket Heath racetrack in Suffolk.

Brief History

6-7 Market Place was built in the early 19th century and is Grade II listed.

Current Condition

The building has a slate roof and a painted render façade with six sash windows on the first floor. It was altered twice in the 20th century. The timber shop front is 20th-century. It is an attractive building in reasonable condition but there is a cracked first-floor lintel over the right-hand window and the ground floor shopfront with ugly corporate signage detracts from its appearance. There are UPVC replacement windows on the second floor and a UPVC downpipe.

Suggested Works

Construct new pilasters, brackets, fascia and cornice with lead weathering around the existing shopfront. Repair first floor stone lintel and remove cement render, making good masonry, including window surrounds. Remove fascia and lead flashing line to reveal the original cills. Replace or repair six timber sash windows on second and third floors. Replace UPVC gutter and downpipe with cast iron and explore removal of paint (subject to material underneath).

Current Tenant/Owner

Vacant tenancy.

6-7 Market Place

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