VII.—NOS. 142 and 144, ST. LEONARD'S-STREET.
General description and date of works.
These are the last of an interesting group of buildings which stood until very
few years since upon the spot. In construction and appearance they are very similar
to the "Seven Stars" public-house, and the houses adjoining it in the High-street,
and may be of the same date. The fronts are of timber framing with weatherboarding over. The lower storey is built on a foundation of bricks, and the
upper storey projects about two feet beyond the lower one; one of the curved
brackets supporting the upper storey is still left at the south corner. There is a
gable in the centre of the garden front, and the whole face is rough-cast over.
It is probable that these will soon disappear owing to the increase of traffic since the completion of
the Blackwall-tunnel. The road at this point is the narrowest, as all the other buildings have been set
back as they have been rebuilt.
The "Five Bells" public-house was the most interesting of these; the exterior was rough-cast, and
gabled in front, with each storey projecting over the one beneath it, mullioned windows with lead lights,
and large fireplaces inside.
In the Committee's MS. collection are—
* (1.) View of the houses from the north-east (photo).
* (2.) View of the houses from the south-east (photo).
(3, 4.) View of the houses from the garden (photo).
[These marked with an asterisk are reproduced here.]