Listing: Locally listed, approved March 2000, c.1850. Building in late
Georgian style. Incorporates carriage arch. Of townscape and group value with
Royal Hospital and Baker's boot and shoe factory.
Comment: The group to which value is added includes, Baker's shoe
factory, the Dixon's building and the Royal Hospital, making a very interesting
but currently much neglected quarter. Dixons is in good order; the fate of
the Royal is in the balance; plans are approved for revitalising Baker's.
Most of this area is in the hands of Tesco, who seem unable to come up with a
satisfactory plan for their area.
This building is an interesting enough bit of late Georgian/early Victorian
but seems to be in such appalling condition that it will need a complete rebuild
to save it. Bearing in mind that the city is not short of such buildings,
this may be a case where we could lose something if doing so would enable a high
quality redevelopment of the rest of the area, and the preservation of other
important buildings, to come about.