Some posts from me to a Period Property froum I'ma member of, asking for help. Thought it would be nice to record it here as well, as I try to get back on top of my blogging.
Sunday 24th Spetember 2006
During the removal of the plaster from the kitchen I came across this…
I'm not sure what it is…. some sort of oven?
It matches the rest of the wall, in that the edges of it use rounded edge bricks the same as the two ends of the wall of which it is in the middle. It is 7 bricks tall and 2 bricks wide.
Any ideas what it might be?
Should I spend time opeing it up and excavating the insides?
This wall was going to have a dresser against it, but may not if this is an interesting find and worth the effort to put right.
Monday 25th September 2006
I shouldn't think it's a dumb waiter as it only goes up a little way further than the hole opening. I'm not sure how far down it goes, as it's full with crap.
Not knowing the size of bread ovens it could well be a storage hole. But why build such a huge wall to have such a small storage unit?
I'll open it up and see what it looks like.
I'll post further pictures as we progress, so long as it doesn't all fall down and bury me.
Saturday 30th September 2006
Well I now know that the gypsum plaster was done in October 1951, unless they had some old copies of the Daily Express to hand at a later date as I've just found a page or two filling a gap above the door frame!!
Now that all the plaster is off the walls I'm going to support the bricks above my "hole" and open it up, so you may get more pictures later today or tomorrow.
The Daily Express is from Wednesday October 17th 1951.
It consists of 8 pages in total.
Front page is about Moslems attacking British women in Suez.
A Moslem Holy-War man killed the Pakistan Premier.
The Daily Express election manifesto was about purchase tax and that it was attacking The Housewife, and asked why the socialists thought it was to take money from the well to do when Woolworths which is a "working class institution" collected over £12m for Mr Gaitskell.
An advert for the New Austion 7, at £325 plus £18.1.2 purchase tax.
Inside various stories, a couple being;
It appeared that the majority of Apples for Xmas would not be English.
Birmingham New Street station was to lose 16 trains a day.
The back page is sport, mostly racing and boxing with a little football.
My favourite from the front page….
A man was summoned for being drunk and incapable – His name – Mr Binge
All in all could be from today really
Monday 2nd October 2006
Having removed the rest of the plaster from the wall below the "hole" I have found a new "hole" at floor level. Now to me this looks like some sort of draught maker (what is the proper term) to make the fire above burn hotter/light better etc.
Am I barking up the wrong tree?
I haven't got round to opening it up yet as we have had planning with the electricians all morning.
I aim to do it tomorrow, but will this have any impact on your ideas of what my "hole" may be?
Would a salt store have an opening drectly underneath it?
Extra picture added on underneath the others and the link is still the same… Hope you can see it, but my camera is with my son and I had to use my phone.
Wednesday 4th October 2006
I'm working on it, but with the electricians in the kitchen as well, progress is slow. I don't want H&S down on me for making them work in a room filled with dust
Fortunately the inside has been bricked up, so it isn't just filled with concrete as I first thought and the quality of the bricklaying poor so they are coming away quite easily.
More pictures will follow shortly.
There may be a chimney to it.
I'm just working on opening up the main fireplace/chimney, which the Rayburn will move back into again.
It appears there may be a route from the main chimney to the "hole".