East Corner and Cellars
the Dining Parlour were two drawing rooms and two cellars. Very little
remains of the drawing rooms, except for three of their walls, but
the cellars are still intact. The first cellar is now only accessible
by the doorway in the base of the large bay in the north-eastern corner
of the court. Previously it could have been entered from the Dining
Parlour, and one of the drawing rooms. The door is probably original
and inside, the room is quite spacious, measuring 23 foot by 18½ foot.
It has a plain four-centred vault roof. To the north is a doorway that
leads down three steps to the base of the hexagonal tower where there
is a much larger cellar. It is paved with square stone slabs and the
vaulted roof is supported by stone wall ribs forming a massive chamfered
cross. A large iron ring hangs from the middle keystone. In the northwest
side is doorway leading into a seventeenth century wine cellar. All
the cellars are intact and used for storage.
Returning to and ascending the great staircase would take you
up to the first
floor of the house. On the left at the head of the stair is a door
leading to the chapel gallery and ahead would probably be a window
or small balcony over looking the dais in the Buck Hall below. To the
right a door would take you into the Great Chamber, later called the
Grand Drawing room, the room above the Dining Parlour. The room was
lighted from the west by the upper park of the dining room bay window
and along the north wall was a Tudor fireplace that is still visible
today. After the fire, the floor, south and east walls collapsed.
the two ground floor drawing rooms was the second Drawing Room and
to the west, above the cellar, the dressing-room to the Velvet Bed
Chamber, The Bed Chamber itself was above the vaulted cellar in the
hexagonal tower and both it and its dressing-room still retain their
floors, which are accessible by climbing a rough stairway up the remains
of broken ground floor wall. There was an attic room above the Bed
Chamber, of which a fireplace still remains.