The project had identified most of the significant early surviving buildings in Droitwich, but the outward appearance of this large property in Friar Street had not led us to expect that it contained anything of interest in that respect. However, the preliminary scoping survey of the building carried out by Christopher Pancheri in April 2014, supported by Claire Lloyd who has done a superb job liaising with building owners and occupiers, showed that nothing can be taken for granted. Inside this apparently 'modern' building is a complete early 17th century oak-panelled room with a beautifully ornamental plaster ceiling, and a further similar ceiling in another room.
This was a timber frame building and survivals of some of that framing still exist, hidden in cupboards and passages within the current building. It is possible that more substantial timbers are concealed within the walls of the street frontage (north) range. The current north range has fireplaces on the ground and first floors, part of the original structure, which link to the surviving impressive brick chimney stack on the south side of this range.
The results of the survey of this building suggest that originally there was another range to the south west. This accords with the survival of a small range to the south east.
It is not a surprise that the quality of the features in this building indicate that the owners were wealthy and of high status. They commissioned and paid for the highly decorative rooms within it, and the quality of its construction with substantial timber framing, demonstrates their power, as was expected at the time (late in the reign of Elizabeth I or early in the reign of James I).