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Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames, London: hammer-beam roof of the Great Hall

Nedeham, James
NOTES: The great hammer-beam roof was designed for Henry VIII by James Nedeham, the King's master carpenter.

Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

NOTES: This moated manor house is an exemplar of the timber-framed Tudor black-and-white house. The earliest part of the Hall was probably built by Richard de Moreton in the mid 15th century. The west, or kitchen end was built (or rebuilt) by William Moreton c.1480. The last major extension was the south wing added in 1570-1580. The 'domestic block' was added to the south wing in the early 1600s.

Fairground ride, Hampstead, London

NOTES: This image was almost certainly taken on the Gray family’s fairground in the Vale of Health, Hampstead Heath. During the 1930s Edwin Smith and his wife Olive Cook lived next to this site and knew the Gray family well. The ride shown is Fred Gray’s set of Gallopers. This ride still exists and is part of the Thursford Collection at Fakenham in Norfolk

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent: the Great Staircase showing one of the square newels surmounted by a heraldic Sackville leopard

Dungan, Richard
NOTES: The house was built by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury, between 1456 and 1486. It passed into Royal possession in 1537 during the Dissolution. In 1566, Elizabeth I presented the house and estate to her cousin Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, who substantially remodelled the medieval palace between 1603 and 1608. Richard Dungan, the King's Plasterer, was responsible for the patterned ceiling and Paul Isaacson, the Master Painter, for the strap-work and trompe-l'oeil adorning this Jacobean addition.

Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire: the Cedar Staircase

Burn, William (1789-1870)
NOTES: Anthony Salvin was the original architect for Harlaxton Manor, with subsequent work (including the Cedar Staircase) executed by William Burn. It is not clear who designed the staircase but it might have been William Burn's assistant, David Bryce.