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Ground Floor and Grounds - Conference Room

This room was used by Logica as a meeting room, and it certainly impressed clients. This room also has a bay window overlooking the lawn and lake. Note that in this room, the windows are curved. The sashes open as you would expect even though they are curved. The centre of the windows are French doors opening inwards with curved stone stairs on the outside leading down to the lawn. This room has the most intricate and detailed of all the ceilings. Again this was renovated by Logica a few years before the house was sold.

Curved bay window

Note the semi-circular bay with curved windows.

Ceiling rose

Ceiling rose

Portrait of Locke

Born in Somerset, England in 1632, Locke went to Westminster School in London and to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1652. He obtained a fellowship at Christ Church in 1658, the year Oliver Cromwell died and the unrest began that was to lead to the Restoration of the King in 1660.

Portrait of Locke

Portrait of Milton

John Milton was born in London. His mother Sarah Jeffrey was the daughter of a merchant sailor, and his father had risen to prosperity as a scrivener or law writer - he also composed music. The family was wealthy enough to afford a second house in the country. Milton was educated at St Paul's School and then at Christ's College, Cambridge (1625-32), where he was called, half in scorn, "The Lady of Christ's." During his Cambridge period, while considering himself destined for the ministry, he began to write poetry in Latin, Italian, and English.

Portrait of Gibbon

Edward Gibbon was born at Putney in South London into a prosperous family. His father was a wealthy Tory member of Parliament who went into seclusion and left his son to the care of an aunt. Gibbon was a sickly child and his education at Westminster and at Magdalen College, Oxford, was irregular. According to Gibbons own explanation he was too bashful to spent his time in taverns, but his studies ended after on year anyhow: he was expelled for turning into Roman Catholicism

Portrait of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, a small country town. The black plague killed in 1564 one out of seven of the town's 1,500 inhabitants. Shakespeare was the eldest son of Mary Arden, the daughter of a local landowner, and his husband John Shakespeare (c. 1530-1601), a glover and wood dealer. John Aubrey (1626-1697) tells in Brief Lives that Shakespeare's father was a butcher and the young William exercised his father's trade, "but when he kill'd a Calfe he would do it in a high style, and make a speech." In 1568 John Shakespeare was made a mayor of Stratford and a justice of peace. His wool business failed in the 1570s, but the family's position was restored in the 1590s by earnings of William Shakespeare, and in 1596 he was awarded a coat of arms.

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