At this time it was divided vertically into two flats with two staircases. The shop in No 6 was empty, and the flat above occupied by Mrs Crichton, who had lived there since 1962. Mr Duckham had a millinery shop in No 7, and lived over it as he had since 1960.
Little had been done to the building since the alterations made by John Lavin, and the roof, with its small flaunched peg slates, was in poor condition. The walls - granite for the back and sides, brick chimneys, and brick and stucco for the Egyptian front - were also in a poor state, with the front beginning to come away from the side walls. Much of this was in need of repointing. The front had been repainted at some time in the 1950s, but the plaster itself was cracked, and some of the detail coming loose. Inside there was dry rot in the basement and ground floor, and woodworm throughout.
Work began on the repair of the building in 1970, and its conversion into three flats, each running the whole width of the building, with two shops below. The roof was renewed completely, with a new frame designed to prevent the walls from spreading any further. The back wall had been rendered, and this was stripped off, the stonework made good and repointed. The bow window of the staircase, part of Lavin's remodelling, was repaired, and given an inner skin to make it more draft proof. A new window was made in the north wall of the third floor, to light the bedroom, and the windows in the rear wall on all floors were enlarged, again to give more light.
Inside, the dry rot was eradicated, the floors treated and also strengthened, and new floor made up where the extra, and now unnecessary staircase had been. The remaining staircase was given a curved inner wall, to balance the curve of the window. New kitchens and bathrooms were fitted.
Before doing anything to the front of the building, it was carefully analysed in its existing state. This revealed that much of the ornament is made from Coade stone, a famous artificial stone manufactured at Lambeth in London. However none of the Coade catalogues for the 1830s survive, so that it was impossible to trace them any further. Paint scrapes were also done, and it was on the basis of these, and on research into the colours used in the Egyptian revival, that a scheme for painting was drawn up. Having done all this, the plaster was repaired, and the front repainted. The windows of the upper floors retained their original sashes and glazing bars, and just needed minor repairs. However the ground floor windows had been altered quite early on - at least by the date of an engraving of c.1859, which shows them with plate glass. Luckily, the mortices were still there in the sashes, and working from these, and from engravings of Robinson's Egyptian Hall, and Foulston's Library, the existing pattern of glazing was worked out. To complete the work, the Royal Arms were repainted, shining out to startle the seagulls in Lavin's showcase front.