The Coffee House

The Coffee House1 is an architecturally consistent, 4 storey Georgian dolls house. set circa 1760, with a shop on the ground floor and living accommodation above. The coffee shop trading area can easily be adapted to make other types of retail premises, like a pharmacy for example. Despite being a commercial building both the trading and domestic rooms are richly fitted out.

Georgian London saw the growth in popularity of coffee houses as a forum for business, entertainment, and social activity. They were often associated with different political viewpoints or kinds of commercial activity, such as the meeting of merchant venturers at New Jonathan's in London, that was to later become the London Stock Exchange.

The Coffee House now includes bowed shop windows and real slate flagstones in the basement.

Vital statistics

Dimensions2
Width21"Depth (max)20" (23")Height (Max)42" (48")

Features

Floors 4Rooms7Staircases3External doors1
Internal doors7Opening panels2Windows7Chimney stacks2
Fireplaces5Marbled hearthstones5Chimney pots7Metal railings0
Cooking ranges1*Chimney cranes1*Bread ovens1Glowing fireboxes2
Rooms with panelling2Washing coppers1Sink & drainer1Pumps1

*2 cooking ranges & chimney cranes if OPTION A is chosen.

The Coffee House Photographs3

Exterior

The building has a full width glazed shop front. The panels above the shop windows will be hand-lettered with your choice of name. A pavement finished with grouted flagstones is attached to the front panel and swings open with it. This can be used to place figures entering or leaving the coffee house. Coffee houses were scenes of much coming and going, they were even used as addresses for men who lodged in temporary accommodation nearby.

Interior

The Coffee House combines a business premises with living accommodation. It has modest domestic rooms on 2 floors above the trading area.

The pictures on this page show coffee houses finished with white painted doors and skirtings. In working areas and places where hard wear was expected, Georgians often went for dark brown woodwork to hide the marks - not necessarily to 21st taste!

Basement

The Coffee House has a large basement room paved with real slate flagstones. The basement is fitted out as a combined kitchen/scullery and has a washing copper, lead-lined sink, water pump, bread oven and inglenook arch with open range and chimney crane. Cupboard stairs connect the basement to the coffee house trading area above. As a period detail: a gutter runs through the centre of the flagstone floor.

Ground Floor

The coffee shop trading area is wooden panelled with four arched alcoves each containing fitted shelving which would have been used for storing, amongst other things, books and periodicals.

First Floor

The first floor domestic rooms have dado rails and covings. The small Breakfast Room with its cosy corner fireplace might even be used as an office for the business below.

Second Floor

There are 2 rooms on the top floor which could be used as bedrooms for the proprietor of the coffee house or let out for lodgers.

Stairs

Stairs are a speciality of Anglia Dolls Houses. Due to the nature of the building, there are cupboard stairs with stain varnished steps throughout, some with stringers and winding steps.

What is included?

The Coffee House is fully lit and decorated throughout, with your choice of colours from the Farrow & Ball colour card. For orders from April 2016 the Coffee House includes:

Left-hand bedroom 3-arm black candle chandlierRight-hand bedroom &
top floor landing
2 x single wall sconce
1 x single wall sconce
Drawing Room/Parlour2 x single wall sconce
3-arm black candle chandelier
Breakfast Room/Closet &
Main landing behind
1 x single wall sconce
1 x black lantern
Trading floor4 x single wall sconce
4-arm brass candle chandelier
Basement kitchen1 x black lantern
1 x single wall sconce

Collectors' Upgrades

The following extra cost features can be added to further enhance your dolls house:

Gallery

Pictures of the Coffee House as seen in Angela Hartnall's article in the July 2011 edition of Dolls House Magazine (Issue 158):

If you would like more information about this dolls house please call or email us.

1 As with all collectors items an Anglia Dolls House is not a toy and is unsuitable for children under the age of 14.
2 Sizes are approximate and in inches.
3 Photographs show a variety of houses built over time and may not show all features in our latest specification.