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Burford's Buildings, Lower High Street

East Side: The Bridge to Church Lane

The miscellaneous buildings in this stretch of lower High Street reflect its varied social character, which included gentry and professionals alongside shopkeepers, tradesmen and craftsmen. Cottage accommodation survives at No. 1 (16th-century) and No. 23, and smart 18th-century façades at No. 2 (1790s) and 25 (1730s). Nos. 13 and 19 were inns, the latter sharing part of a long and elegant Georgian frontage which dominates this part of the street. Several other house-fronts conceal earlier buildings, which have been remodelled and in many cases sub-divided. The most notable are two medieval hall-houses, at Nos. 15–17 and 31.

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Though ownership is unknown before the 1820s this prominent building may have been an inn, as suggested by the wide entrance under an elliptical ho

This 19th-century rendered shopfront conceals a medieval house (history unknown), which was mostly timber-framed and had an open hall.

These houses began as a medieval hall-house (history unknown). No. 15 (left) comprised the service end, and No.

This long pair of 18th-century façades hides remains of two 17th-century houses. The left-hand or northern one (No.


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