17 – 19 Friday Street

Friday Street

No. 17 Friday Street is one of the two early timber-framed houses in Friday Street which were incorporated into the terrace of six brick fronted houses in the mid 18th century. The building campaign for this is documented by two leases of 1744 and 1746 by the Henley Borough to Benjamin Bradshaw for 6 tenements, known as Gravett’s Charity. No 17 consists of one and a half timber-framed bays and a rear wing. The front range timbers retain sooted timbers. Wide arch braces, flat laid ceiling joists and a diamond mullion window survive and indicate a 15th-century building date.

No. 19 and 21 Friday Street were part of the mid 18th-century work by  Bradshaw, creating much needed labourers’ accommodation in the town by inserting two-bedroom dwellings into the gaps. An essential part of the works was the addition of rear extensions for kitchens, stairs and stacks.

Note: Part of a group of houses numbered 17 – 29 Friday Street
Grid Reference: SU762825
Parish: Henley-on-Thames
Surveyed in: 1989
Report written by: Ruth Gibson
Notes: Part of a group of houses numbered 17 – 29 Friday Street
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