I haven't been able to find out anything about this building at all, apart from the fact that several solicitors are based here...hence the fact that it's called Chambers, which begs the question whether it was purpose built for legal eagles, or subsequently renamed at a later date.
Like Grosvenor Mansions, it caught my eye...and also like the Mansions, the date is prominently displayed. The only problem is, how to read the date (see below). I personally reckon that it's 1892, but it could equally be 1928. I think it's safe to say that 1298 is ruled out! ;)
I'd often seen the building whilst travelling into Sidmouth on the bus and wondered about it. This particular day I had occasion to walk along this road to look at something else, so I took the opportunity to have a closer look and take some pics.
One of the reasons for my guess at 1892 is the attention to detail. The architecture itself may have been based on an earlier era, but the lovely cast iron drain pipes are much more in line with the Victorian propensity to disguise utility with well-crafted twiddly bits. Also, the plates which fix the pipes to the wall are decorated with female faces in the style of Coade Stones.
Another reason that I've plumbed for the earlier date is the tall and wide archway providing entry to the rear courtyard, which is reminiscent of a coaching Inn, providing enough room for coach and horses to pass through. Maybe that was it's original usage.
I only have these few, which can also be seen in the Photo Gallery album. As always, I will add further info as and when I discover more.