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Working drawings for finishings to the offices (3)


The bake house has an oven with an interior measuring 3 feet 9 inches by 4 feet 6 inches. The room has ceilings 9 feet 10 inches high. It is in communication with a meal room and a store room for wood and coals. The bottom and sides of the oven are to be constructed with Tottenhoe stone.

The wash house and laundry are also shown in detail (drawing 89). The room has a new and old copper, a lye tub and rinsing tub. The room has a large round-headed window overlooking the front elevation, shown in a rough pencil elevation on drawing 86.

Drawing 90 shows the interior of two rooms for Mr Praed. The dressing room has a wash basin installed in the cupboard. The sitting room's walls are lined with cupboards containing sliding shelves. The suite is part of the offices but in direct communication with the house via a short passage to the principal stairwell (see drawing 84).



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