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The North Range

Plan of North Range

Only the foundations of the north range remain to indicate its plan. It was 109 foot long and 14 foot wide, internally and two stories in height. In the middle were two large bays of three stories that projected from both the north and south sides of the range. The bay on the south was flanked by two turrets, the one on the east containing a stair, the western being a garderobe, or privy. Little is known about the ground floor, but the first is known to have been one long gallery. It was in this gallery that the valuables of the house were stored while the rest of Cowdray was being renovated and as the great fire also started in this wing, resulted in their destruction. A large garderobe tower, that served all the floors, was sited at the western end on the north side.

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