Following yesterday’s Anne of Cleves House post, here is the first of the architectural detail shots I took that same morning. What’s interesting about this photograph is the carved numbers 1599 on the right — likely a date stamp — which means this door surround must have been an addition over 60 years after the house was built. Also, I’d love to know why the initials IS are carved on the left — the stonemason’s signature?
You’ll notice the squint metal bar across the wooden panels of the door, typical of 16th buildings, something I’m familiar with as I live in one myself with its sloping floors, undulating ceilings and oddly-angled door and window frames. You wouldn’t guess this from the outside as the facade is painted sandstone and must have been added much later. And even once inside the age of the building isn’t immediately apparent — there are a few woodworm-eaten floorboards and exposed beams, but none of the dark oppressive variety that run like tracks across the ceiling. Which as far as I’m concerned is a good thing.