Architecture / Features & Decoration
Plaster, painted brick, metal
Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
South wall of the Kitchen. The wall is plaster, including the 'skirting board'. There are three sash windows with shutters and a large number of pipes and conduits (water, electricity etc) secured to the wall.The plaster 'skirting board' resembles a traditional timber profile where it is original, this only survives in the built in cupboard. The rest of wall does not have a plaster 'skirting board', but has been painted black to match the remnants of 'skirting board' surviving in the kitchen. Built in cupboard At the east end of the wall, adjacent to the steps to the scullery, there is a built in cupboard. It was built using a variety of different timber and painted white? originally. It is comprised of an upper and lower cupboard, divided into two, each with a single shelf. The top cupboards are lined with timber against the wall, the bottom cupboards are not. The cupboard is slightly higher than the timber window cill. There are four pairs of sliding doors with metal finger pulls. Each door is comprised of two plain panels. The finger pulls are in the centre of the upper cupboard and the top of the lower cupboard doors. The cupboard appears to have been built around an existing worktop and splashback. The original profile of the plaster 'skirting board 'can be seen in the bottom cupboard. A timber splashback is visible in the bottom of the top cupboard and extends beyond the cupboard (right-hand side). The base of the upper cupboard looks to be the original worktop. The right-hand side of the cupboard is panelled in tongue and groove. This record includes the timber elements associated with the 'shutter box' and the casing surrounding the window frame and shutters. A latch to secure the bottom of the shutters is present on the bottom section of casing on the central and south west windows. There are various small metal fittings on the casing whose function is unknown. The 'shutter box' either side of the central window is panelled on both sides. It consists of two rectangular panels with simple mouldings. By contrast the 'shutter box' either side of the south west window is not panelled, (the 'shutter box' of the south east window was not seen). At the top of each window reveal there is a single rectangular panel comprised of simple mouldings, (included in this record). Flue At the centre and west end of the south wall a roughly covered raised area of the floor indicates the site of an earlier range. Presumably the angled flue in the south west corner was associated with this range (it continues as a curved flue on the west wall into the main chimney). There is a small black, iron, inspection/cleaning door. It is hung on two shaped, pintle strap hinges, the door handle is missing. The flue is metal and brick, it is open and draws.