George III Period Gentleman's Linen Press
A very fine, George III, mahogany Press. On strong ogee bracket feet and with a fine, and original, broken arch pediment. Beautiful gilt bronze handles. Two shelves to the internal.
c. 1760 - 1765
This Press retains an original transit ticket for delivery to Mr Fenwick at Witham Hall. Witham Hall, a fine stone mansion in Queen Anne style, set in 15 acres of landscaped gardens, was built in 1752, by Rev Woolsey Johnson. Rev Woolsey Johnson was also responsible for the enclosure of open fields in the parish -a major event at that time.

In 1903 Walter Fenwick bought the house, and 'Squire' Fenwick was responsible for moving the village pub. The Black Dog, opposite the gates of the Hall at the turn of the century, had new stables built. The Squire got tired of losing his grooms to the Black Dog and had the Six Bells built at the other end of the village. Up until then housing was grouped around the Hall and along Bottom Street, but with the move of the pub, all new housing was built along the road, towards the pub, and away from the old centre of the village.
Known as a Gentleman's wardrobe or Press. A double-heightened piece, in fashion before the wardrobe with hanging space. The lower section consists usually of three long, or two long and two half drawers. The upper section has blind-panelled cupboard doors, with the interior fitted with three or more sliding open drawers.
Height92.00 inch(233.7 cm)

Width48.75 inch(123.8 cm)

Depth22.50 inch(57.1 cm)
Ref No. 8104
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