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26 High Street Riseley

26 High Street April 2015
26 High Street April 2015

26 High Street was listed by the former Department of Environment in June 1974 as Grade II, of special interest. It has 17th century origins and is constructed of colour-washed roughcast over a timber frame, with a clay tiled roof. It comprises two storeys which, interior timbering shows, was a later change, elevating the property from a single storey with attics

The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 specified that every building and piece of land in the country was to be assessed to determine its rateable value. The valuer visiting the house [DV1/C222/24] found that it was owned an occupied by Miss E Banks and stood in just over a quarter of an acre. The "nice old place" comprised a living room, a parlour, a kitchen, a scullery and three bedrooms with a box room and had both front and back stairs. There was a small garden and a number of outbuildings: a small conservatory; a plaster and tiled coal barn, a plaster and thatched barn which had previously been an old stable and a weather-boarded and corrugated iron coachhouse used as a garage. The valuer noted: "Very long and narrow".