Inside 13-17 High Street
Photographic Survey Undertaken Prior to Development
One of the aims of the High Street Project is to record the High Street buildings before, during and after any alterations take place. This will document the changes made during the project and provide a record for the future.
Following the announcement that the planning application for the re-development of Nos 13-17 High Street had been approved Taleyna Fletcher (Townscape Heritage Officer) invited photographer Roger Rawson to take some photographs of the interior of the building.
Many people will remember the building as the former Boro Café or Purdys. More information on the history of this and other buildings can be found in the History section of this Website.
Despite having been vacant for many years, we were surprised to see a number of fixtures and fittings at first floor level surviving relating to the buildings use as a Snooker/Pool hall in the 1970s and 1980s including snooker score counters on the walls and the bar area.
The original early 20th wooden panelled ceiling has been revealed surviving behind a late 20th century suspended ceiling and behind plasterboard on the walls, is evidence of wooden panelled walls, the lower sections painted green. These features were likely to have been part of the interior decoration of Easingwoods restaurant/Boro Café/Purdys,
At second floor level over No 13 there were a number of architectural details surviving and evidence of residential use, although in poor condition, including early 20th century wall paper, original doors and ceiling cornice.
If you have any memories or photos to share of the cafes or snooker hall we would love to hear from you, please do get in touch.