NOTES: This Elizabethan manor house, based on a double courtyard, with a central red-brick tower, was built by Sir Richard Baker in 1560-1570. It was saved from dereliction when Vita Sackville-West and Nigel Nicolson bought Sissinghurst, which included 400 acres of farmland, in 1930.
NOTES: During the 1920s and 1930s, Venesta Ltd was one of the largest manufacturers and importers of plywood in Britain. The competition for Venesta's exhibition stand at the Manchester Building Trades Exhibition of 1931 attracted 175 entries and a fair amount of publicity. It formed a significant part in the Venesta marketing strategy in promoting plywood and finding new areas of usage for it and was eventually won by Wells Coates.
NOTES: The dolls' house was conceived both as a gift from the British nation to Queen Mary and as an historical record of the ideal early 20th century English house. Princess Marie Louise commissioned Lutyens to design the house and together with the involvement of Sir Henry Morgan and a huge range of well-known manufacturers, it became a showcase for 1920s British craftsmanship and design. The house first went on display at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924.