The house is a Grade I listed house, mentioned in the Domesday Book.  The present house dates from three distinct periods. The house seems to have started out as a modest courtyard dwelling, but soon afterwards was made grander by the creation of the great hall.  

The oldest parts of the present building date from c. 1230 and include the Chapel  and solar  (with barrel vaulted timber roof) and undercroft  (northwest wing) and the southeast wing, originally the kitchens and servants' quarters. 

Dorothea were asked to reproduce 2 new opening windows for the property to be based on an ornate design seen at the National Trust's property Ham House.

This consisted of a wrought iron frame with bespoke cast bronze opening stays and hinged locking mechanism.  All of this detailing had to match those at Ham house but be reduced in scale by approx 15% to fit the new windows.

All components were produced by hand and bespoke fitted to the new window.

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