17 High Street, Kingston upon Thames

From Historic England entry:

“C18. 2 storeys. Yellow brick painted parapet front with flat stone capping. Centre pediment rising above parapet level in brick. Doric porch with detached columns, beneath circular-headed Venetian window, with bars on first floor. 2 side splayed bay windows, ground and first floor, sash, with bars. Tops of bays ogee in shape, lead covered. Modern shop front cuts up left hand bay. Entrance door modern. Interior gutted.”

From: A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1911:

“…Although West-by-Thames Street, as High Street was called until the 19th century, was one of the oldest parts of the town it was considered without the vill in 1253, when the bailiffs complained that the tenants of Merton Priory did not keep watch and perform other duties as did the king’s men, and answer was made that they were never accustomed to keep watch beyond the water at the end of the market towards Guildford, which was without the vill; but only pro homine mortuo did they as others, serve within the vill…

The 18th-century maps of the neighbourhood mark but one main road as passing through Surbiton. This, the Portsmouth Road, is a continuation of the Kingston High Street and follows the river, though separated from it for some distance by public gardens…”

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