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The room below the chapel, probably once used for storage, later became a kitchen with an outside door. Its some three windows were inserted in the sixteenth century. the porch and the little seventeenth-century addition Old Soar, Plaxtol, Kent (right) At Old Soar, dating from c. 1290, a wing based on the plan of the twostoreyed Norman house was set across the end of an aisled hall. The gable-end of the two-storeyed structure, with the solar on the upper floor, can be seen to the left of the photograph.

The expanse of windowless wall points to the continued need for defence in the unsettled conditions north of the Border. jraise, the first The parapet walk, clearly visible in once continued on north and south sides of the tower. But it was roofed in during the the photograph, seventeenth century to form gal- with turrets. The interior shows the characteristic tower house plan, which is like that of a hall house arranged vertically instead of horizontally. The first floor is taken up by the entrance, formerly approached by leries an outside stair, with a room leading off it containing a trap-door giving access to a dungeon and garderobe.

Yet in spite of its prodigious size this structure contributes less to the memorable atmosphere of the room than the chimney-piece it supplanted, a fine architectural composition in the west wall, a shallow arch with a bold keystone head flanked by pilasters with scalloped capitals. This and the deep window embrasure, revealing the impressive thickness of the wall, set the mood of the apartment. derives from various combinaand elaborations of the three types of dwelling just described: the towerlike keep, the rectangular Norman house, with its upper-floor hall, and the aisled hall.

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