Lesser Seen Brockwood

The Main House at Brockwood Park has a long history and is full of surprises. Krishnamurti Foundation staff member Duncan Toms documented some of the more interesting features of the building which was begun in the 1700s. Some of these period features are in plain sight, others are hidden in private spaces not accessible to the public. It’s the perfect companion album to the one we shared with you here before by former student Maryam Benoit—she documented the larger architectural features of all the buildings, while Duncan’s album takes a look at some of the details inside. Together they give a good impression of Brockwood’s rich history. (Photos by Duncan Toms)

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Lighting in the main entrance area.

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A painting of Brockwood Park House, from 1848.

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Window mechanism in rota room.

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Storage area next to the library.

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Infirmary taps.

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Basement next to library. We suppose that this gap between the library and the exterior is to do with damp-proofing.

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The door that is always open, at the end of the corridor. Formerly, this door would have separated the servants working area from the formal parts of the house.

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Servant bell push in the panelling.

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The former main door to the house, in the West Wing, now little used.

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Fireplace in one of the library classrooms.

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A bell in the corridor. Unlike many schools, this one is never used!

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Caged area in the basement on the way down to the library.

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Panel detail in the study, once the dining room.

 

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Drawing room light switches.

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Drawing room fireplace detail.

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Old fireplace in the rota room, better known to most as the mops cupboard.

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Drawing room fireplace. The term ‘drawing room’ comes from ‘withdrawing room’ a private room in a larger house. So, nothing to do with drawing! Note another servants bell to the right.

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Library calendar. Used to be in Dorothy Simmon’s office when she was the Principal.

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Oval window, north side of the house.

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Lobby bannister.

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The grand staircase of the house, West (West) Wing.

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Period lighting.

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Panelling and fireplace in the library sitting room.

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Basement next to library. We suppose that this gap between the library and the exterior is to do with damp-proofing.

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Window detail, main entrance area.

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Infirmary sink detail, West Wing.

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The door between the Study and the Drawing Room. Today it is unused as what is on the other side is a closet!

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Outside doorbell.

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West (West) Wing.

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Fireplace in an upstairs room.

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Entrance area.

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The fireplace in the study.

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Heating grill in the drawing room.

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Infirmary sink detail.

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Fireplace in an upstairs room.

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