£15 This talk will present the latest discoveries at Nos 4 & 5 Tower Green at the Tower of London, two houses of the so-called transitional type, converted from Lieutenant's Stables
This talk will present the latest discoveries at Nos 4 & 5 Tower Green at the Tower of London, two houses of the so-called transitional type, converted from Lieutenant’s Stables in c.1685 to be occupied by Yeoman Warders. The houses have gone through many changes having been occupied in the last 300 years by close to 30 families, but interesting remnants of the early Georgian decoration survive. For example, walnut, and later oak-grained panelling on slit deal horizontal boards, a wainscot grained door, blue-green textiles on the walls as well as more run-of-the-mill panelling ranging from 1690s to 1740s (on one floor incorporating a semi-circular display buffet cabinet). Fragments of earthen plaster, which is an unusual survival in London houses, have also been discovered. At the same time, archival research has provided information about some more elegant decoration such as marbling and painted maple fold. In autumn of 2019 Historical Royal Palaces carried out an archaeological investigation of a newly discovered vaulted structure in the basement of No 4. Research on the inhabitants of these two houses – the highest-ranking Yeoman Warders: Gentleman Porters and Gaolers and other Warders who lived there with their families has yielded some interesting information about the life of individuals whose status was equal to the London upper and middling sort. Not many houses that preserve material evidence of this types of decoration survive in London and they are also unique for their location and in offering us an insight into the life which was a mixture of military duty and domesticity. This talk will consider how this unusual mixture shaped the form and interiors of the two houses.
Agnieszka Sadraei is a Curator of Historic Buildings at HRP with a responsibility for the Tower of London. She holds an MSc in Sustainable Heritage and a doctorate in Architectural History. Having worked as a Historic Buildings Consultant in the private sector, a Conservation Officer and a Senior Properties Curator and Historian for English Heritage she has a good knowledge of conservation legislation, philosophy and good practice as well as extensive research experience. Her interests focus on medieval fortifications, cults of saints and funerary sculpture as well as social heritage value which has led her to work on the residential accommodation and life of the Tower of London Community in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine). All welcome
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