HOUSE AND ESTATE

RESTORATION OF THE HOUSE

Hall

During the restoration an additional door was added to the Hall, in order to give a fire exit to the courtyard. Around the door is a late Jacobean wooden surround, which was originally sited in front of the Servants' Passage archway. The door surround is evidence of Sir Richard Knight's remodelling of the house in the mid-seventeenth century, as evidenced by the carved detail giving his initials and the date 1655. It was decided to move the surround to the new fire exit to give the opportunity of displaying both it and the eighteenth-century archway to the Servants' Passage.

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A new fire exit

A new fire exit to the courtyard was added to the Hall as part of the restoration work

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A new fire exit

The finished door, with seventeenth-century door surround

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Detail of the door surround

Detail of the door surround, with Richard Knight's initials

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