3), the two State Ante Rooms
, a significant portion of the 120-feet-long Picture Gallery (Fig.
5) and Little Ante Room
(King's Closet; see pages 48-49) had been decorated around 1811, when Thomas Ward was paid for painting and gilding.
7) and a south German hand, both now in the Ante Room
. Next came the impeccable Lucas van Leyden Card Players (Fig.
An open archway steps down into an ante room
, currently being used as a snug/ library with more exposed wood beams and access to a cloakroom with wc.
two cloakrooms and ante room
. Steps lead down to the cellar which is divided into four distinct areas and could easily be transformed for leisure or work.
The principal bedroom floor includes a main suite with its own huge run of space: bedroom with marble fireplace; ante room
; a huge dressing or sitting room with access to a balcony and a bathroom described as 'sumptuous', details including marble walling, period style suite, twin basins and specialist paint effects.
Although the rooms at the town hall no longer serve their original purpose, they are not neglected, for some 15,000 visitors a year walk up the 30 steps on the oak staircase leading to the town hall's four rooms - the council chamber, the ante room
, the court room and a partitioned room at the southern end of the building where visitors can have a tea or coffee.
The marquetry panelling in sycamore and oak in its small ante room
is of a quality extremely rare for a house anywhere in 1870s Britain.
A fitted utility leads to a rear lobby with access to the fitted wine cellar and an oak door leads into another linking space, a good sized ante room
with stairs up and access to the main living room.