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'T' shaped house - configuration of rooms

Postby wheelerr » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:07 pm

I am researching a much altered and extended Victorian farmhouse built originally c 1850 in a ‘T’ shape with the top of the ‘T’ facing the front with two rooms either side of a hallway on the ground floor each with a bedroom above. Each of these rooms has a fireplace and there are two chimneys (each with two flues) at either end of the roof. The hallway continues to the stem of the ‘T’ where there is a kitchen and one bedroom above and at least one additional room both upstairs and downstairs. There is a chimney with two flues approx two/thirds of the way towards the back of the stem of the 'T' serving the kitchen and bedroom above. I have been trying to work out the original floorplan (especially upstairs as downstairs there was probably a scullery behind the kitchen) but the absence of chimney flues implies that any additional rooms would have no heating or possibly share a flue which I would have thought unlikely. Has anyone come across a similar house and, if so, what was the configuration of the rooms? Any ideas/thoughts/comments will be gratefully received. Richard W
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Re: 'T' shaped house - configuration of rooms

Postby tim smedley » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:01 pm

Hi Richard and welcome to the site.

This is not my area of expertise, but some ideas to consider if you haven't already:
- are there any other houses in the area that are of similar age that give a clue?
- lifting floorboards often gives a great window into how the building has changed as you can see old & new building methods
- have a look at the deeds to the property if you can get them or failing that a copy of the plan from Land Registry as the shape of the property will normally be drawn on the attached plan of the land
- there are books around which claim to help you investigate buildings as a hobby - there may be clues within them as to how to proceed
- browse http://www.listedpropertyownersclub.co.uk/ - a site full of useful information, ideas and contact points

Please let us know what you find out and how you did it as others will read your page when looking for help and inspiration!

Kind regards

Tim
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