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The Ancient House has detailed pargeting, (Plaster work). Four panels here show a Tudor impression of the world. The continents Africa, America, Asia and Europe are shown - notably lacking Australasia which was not discovered at the time.
Africa is represented by a naked man holding a spear, Asia by a horse and a mosque-like building, Europe by a woman with a horse and castle, and America by a man with a dog at his feet.
The front of the building as it can be seen today (in a restored state), was not an original feature of the building - it was later added by Robert Sparrowe between 1660 and 1670. It bears the Royal Arms of King Charles II, and the words “honi soit qvi mal y pense”. This is old French for “shame upon him who thinks evil of it”, and is also the motto of the Order of the Garter.
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