Three episodes of work in this building (formerly the Devonport Inn) in 1999, 2000, and 2002 (EUAD 15037, 15078, 15131 respectively) indicate the presence of a late 17th or early 18th century house on this site. The main structure of the front block probably survives from this period, representing two separate dwellings (most obviously represented by two (later) staircases at the rear of the front block). Enough features survive in fragments within the building to provide some hints as to the form and extent of the building: A chamfered beam with a straight-cut stop across the width of the building represents the one surviving element in the front block. In the roof the remnants of several redundant roof trusses are preserved, where they have been cut through for the addition of an extra floor (probably in the early 19th century). These are tie beam trusses of large scantling, possibly of late 17th or early 18th century date. The bulk of the visible features of the building belong to later refurbishments in the late 18th, early 19th and early 20th centuries (Collings and Parker 1999).Enough was seen of the building to show that the structural history is complex, and any future opportunities to observe the fabric will undoubtedly add to and refine the outline interpretation formed on the basis of observations to date.Edited from Collings and Parker 1999, intervention descriptions and with new synthesis by SRB, 1.iii.2004.