A group of substantial buildings, ranging from early 18th to early 19th Century. Colman House is early 17th Century, with an 18th Century brick facing. It was formerly the Eye Infirmary, then a shoe factory.
The British Shoe Corporation, unable to demolish listed cottages, sold the block of properties to the Trust, which bought in the freeholds of land at the back of Numbers 54- 58 and prepared a scheme, but then decided to sell its interest to a private owner with a track record of satisfactory conservation work who wanted to undertake the restoration.
He was advised by a firm of local architects with a sound conservation practice.