180 High Street dates from the mid eighteenth century. It doesn’t appear so old because the façade towards the High Street was rebuilt in neo-Tudor style in the late nineteenth century. However, behind the façade the original eighteenth century house survives intact. It has a few original internal features and a fine roof covered in Kentish peg-tiles. The building is attractive and, although it is not listed, makes a positive contribution to the High Street Conservation Area - in contrast to the bland modern buildings on either side of it. It deserves to be preserved both in its own right and because the historic core of Tonbridge has lost too many of its ancient buildings in the last 50 years, including many along the west side of the High Street. Replacing 180 High Street would mean that virtually the whole of the west side of the street between Bank Street and Lansdowne Road within the Conservation Area would have been redeveloped within the last 45 years.
The building at 180 High Street, Tonbridge was recently the subject of an application to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council to permit its demolition and replacement by a block of 13 flats. Fortunately on 6 January 2011 the Council refused permission but the building remains threatened as the developer has appealled the application to demolish with the Inspectorate. The Friends of 180 High Street are a group of people from Tonbridge who want the building to be preserved. If you would like to assist the Friends of 180 High Street then please sign this petition so that we can prove to the Council and other formal bodies that we care about our old buildings and the character of our town and would like to see this building kept to enhance the Conservation Area in which it stands.