We were absolutely thrilled to have been offered this rare federal period weather-house which had been in continuous ownership by the same English family since the 19th century. The house has a label pasted to its backboards from Harvey Nichols depository in Bournemouth stamped with the name ‘Tanner’. Pasted to the right hand side of the house is a smaller earlier inventory label with the name ‘Chas. John Tanner’ written in Indian ink upon it. The family is lately from Ledbury in Herefordshire.
The four chimney stacks, balustrading, urns, clock, masonry- stringing, window casements and brickwork in fact everything on the house, is painted. Also painted are the backboards which have now turned a lovely duck-egg blue.
The rear of the building has a full height door which retains its original Chamfered brass ‘H’ hinges. This opens to reveal a ground floor where the floor itself has a chequered pattern (like the cartouche that houses the clock, here are some reminiscences of the low-countries)
The interior has two elevated floors. The top one is obviously set aside as the servants quarters, as this does not have fancy wallpaper, as opposed to the ground and first floors which do. Separating these upper floors are two withdrawing papered panels which are about 1” apart. So when the panels are in place there are four upper rooms and one ground floor room.
There is a fence to the front of the building and not surprisingly this has had a small amount of restoration and the garden gate no longer opens as it has been pinned shut (something that could be reversed.)
At the top of the house the clock pediment serves the purpose of secluding the hygrometric adjustment mechanism housing, which is immediately behind it. This still retains its original painted adjusting finial which is detachable.