Following on from the previous post about John Payne Estate Agents, and various musings about what it will become, I’m pleased to say that Adam has sent me a link to a couple of their mock-ups. From his comment:
We (John Payne Estate Agents) are in the process of opening a new office in that location, but it has taken us longer than we expected, mostly due to the extensive internal redecorating that was required and the planning procedures for our external changes.
We are very proud to be based in Blackheath and to be one of the longest established agents in the area. As such we are very keen to ensure our presence is thoroughly in keeping with the local area and respecting tradition
We are planning on restoring the fascia to a style far more similar to how it would have originally been in the earlier part of the 20th century.
To give you a better idea, see the photos below showing a mockup of what we have planned, along with a photo from an earlier era.
Original photo used with permission from Ed Richardson.
I have to say, it looks like a big improvement. I’m not all in favour of maintaining Victorian styles purely for the sake of them (there’s an interesting article on this by the god-like Meades here), but in the case of Blackheath Village, a sense of conservatism (with an extremely small “c”) seems appropriate.
Noticed this planning application for an “externally illuminated fascia” on my travels the other day.
It is proposed for the estate agency on the corner of Tranquil Vale and Blackheath Village (the high street), which I think used to be known as Tuck’s Corner. You can see the full proposal here (if the link still works, and if it doesn’t, then do a search here for reference DC/08/69555/FT ).
At least it is externally illuminated, so I guess it won’t look like a Chicken Cottage.
Anyway, if you have strong feelings about this (or any other proposal), you can tell your local planning officer. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the reference DC/08/69555/FT.
The Westcombe Society also operates an excellent blog, noting all the latest planning proposals in the area.
Just experimented with Blackheath Dry Cleaners today, with good results… Better than the last one I lived near, who upon dry cleaning a suit for a wedding then told me that it wasn’t ready one day before the wedding. There are really only a few things you want from a dry cleaner – to clean the clothes, and to have them ready when they say they will.
Anyway, they did the job perfectly – not exactly cheap, but very convenient and friendly service.
I couldn’t find their opening hours online, so in a bid to turn this blog into an extension of my own memory, here are is a list of when they are open (correct as of 19th August 2008).
Monday 7.30am – 7pm
Tuesday 7.30am – 6pm
Wednesday 8am – 6pm
Thursday 8am – 6pm
Friday 7.30am – 7pm
Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm
And they do do duvets.
20 Blackheath Village, London, SE3 9SY 020 8852 6771
Google Map here.