Old buildings (pt 5): The Ancient High House.


The Ancient High House, (side view) Stafford, 1595The Ancient High House, (side view) Stafford, 1595

Ancient to me means BC but there is a building called the The Ancient High House about a minute from where I’m staying. It’s the largest timber framed Elizabethan town house in England and was built in 1595 by the Dorrington family. The building is in the high street and its upper storeys hang over. It’s now a museum with a couple of shops on the ground floor.

01The Ancient High House, Stafford, 1595

01The Ancient High House, Stafford, 1595 (front view, without shops)

What’s more interesting to me is the view from the side (first photo). I don’t know which buildings, if any, stood next to it but the narrow street reminds me of old lanes and streets in bigger towns and cities which would have had poor light in days gone by – and today. I don’t think I would have liked to have lived in the shadow of them. I guess this high house would have had a bit more space and light around it.

1The Ancient High House, Stafford, 15951The Ancient High House, Stafford, 1595 (with shops)

 

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