Counter culture: 14 Market Place, Kingston

From Historic England entry:

“C15, with C18 alterations. 3 storeys. Slate roof. Gable end to Square. 2 windows, sash with bars, 12 panes. C19 shop front, with flat fluted pilasters over, with moulded caps and base. Moulded wood cornice over at 2nd floor level. Good beams etc internally.”

The Market Place and Thames Street were Kingston’s prime shopping areas from the medieval period until the latter part of the 19th century.

Fiona MacCarthy: William Morris (1994) Chapter Three: Oxford 1853-55:

“But the town was still mainly fifteenth century, small-scale, and possessing the character Morris so much valued: the sense that it had never not been there. Morris looks at Magdalen Buildings and he sees buildings that are “essentially part of the street, and look almost as if they had grown up out of the roadway”. In this vision of the building as organic William Morris prefigures not just Frank Lloyd Wright and Gaudi but a whole twentieth-century counter-culture movement for “architecture without architects”.

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