History of The Building

62 Castlegate was likely to have been built in the eighteenth century as a three roomed cottage. The rooms comprised of a parlour/kitchen with a small offshoot probably used as a store, and an attic bedroom. The brickwork reveals two periods in the house's construction. The first used a non standard type of brick, which were likely to have been baked near the site. Then at about ten feet and above, the bricks are of standard size, suggesting house was extended upwards at a time no earlier than the victorian period.

The low eaves on the original building suggests a fairly high pitched roof rather similar in style to the Old Post Office at Upton pictured here. This would mean that the original roof was probably thatched, as thatch requires a higher pitch for rain to run off faster. The original cottage may have looked something like this impression.

There is a good possibility that the house is older than both its neighbours. Although all three are featured in this old photograph, the tall building at 64 Castlegate has a party wall which overhangs the original structure, suggesting it was built before the cottage was extended upwards. When 64 was built the builders would have been required to extend 62's chimney well above the roof level at 64. There is nothing to suggest the house at sixty was not built in one stage, and that has a slate roof, suggesting a later build than the cottage.

The cottage features in this Plan of Newark prepared in 1829.

Evidence found during the rennovation suggests that the downstairs front window had a central mullion indicating that it was probably original glazed with leaded lights. The sash windows would have been put in when the building was extended upwards. With the coming of the railways materials that were not local became available, and the new roof would have been covered with slate and did not need to be so steeply pitched.

This photograph was taken in the early part of the last century. There is no record of who the lady was but it is supposed that she would have been the tenant at the time. Home ownership is a comparitively recent phenomenon, and at the time this photograph was taken only about 5% of householders owned their home.

The advertising board over the common entry belongs to the building next door which at the time was a shop. Although the wall above the entry is not painted it is nevertheless part of that building.

By the end of the twentieth century the building had been allowed to fall derelict. In 2002 Chris Healy acquired the house, and spent the next two years returning it to its former glory.