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.
| For orders from April 2016 the Coffee House now includes bowed shop windows and real slate flagstones in the basement.|
|Width||21"||Depth (max)||20" (23")||Height (Max)||42" (48")|
|Floors ||4||Rooms||7||Staircases||3||External doors||1 |
|Internal doors||7||Opening panels||2||Windows||7||Chimney stacks||2 |
|Fireplaces||5||Marbled hearthstones||5||Chimney pots||7||Metal railings||0|
|Cooking ranges||1*||Chimney cranes||1*||Bread ovens||1||Glowing fireboxes||2|
|Rooms with panelling||2||Washing coppers||1||Sink & drainer||1||Pumps||1|
*2 cooking ranges & chimney cranes if OPTION A is chosen.
The Coffee House Photographs3
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
- Architectural mouldings, as appropriate to the style and purpose of the room. Painted or varnished 6-panel internal wooden doors and painted planked basement doors all fitted with turned brass door knobs.
- Two handmade bowed windows on the trading floor.
- Stain-varnished scribed floorboards, on the ground, first & second floors, with lift-up boards that conceal the wiring for lights.
- Fireplaces with brick effect inserts, faux marble hearthstones, and Phoenix Model Developments hob grates with glowing coals connected to a multi-channel flicker unit.
- Basement kitchen with Richard Stacey real slate flagstones. A divided broad arch with brick detailing conatining an opening bread oven with glowing firebox, a wide handmade open-range with glowing coals & chimney crane, and a washing copper with glowing firebox. A Sussex Crafts lead lined sink on brick piers and a draining board. The sink is fed by a Phoenix Model Developments pump mounted on a stand with bevelled panels.
- Trading floor with panelling, four arched alcoves with shelves, and either OPTION A: an inglenook fireplace with shelf containing an open broad hob grate with a Sussex Crafts chimney crane, or, OPTION B: a Sussex CraftsWilliam Kent fireplace.
- Parlour with a Sussex Crafts William Kent fireplace.
- Breakfast room/closet with panelling to dado height.
- A transformer and fused distribution strip. Wiring is concealed behind a false back panel, under lift up floorboards and also down the chimney breasts. The way that the wiring is done makes it easy for you to add further lights at a future date.
- British handmade Ray Storey lights throughout as in the table below:
|Left-hand bedroom ||3-arm black candle chandlier||Right-hand bedroom &|
top floor landing
|2 x single wall sconce|
1 x single wall sconce
|Drawing Room/Parlour||2 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 floor||4 x single wall sconce|
4-arm brass candle chandelier
|Basement kitchen||1 x black lantern|
1 x single wall sconce
The following extra cost features can be added to further enhance your dolls house:
- Individually switched lights.
- Opening sash windows.
- Additional shelved alcoves and cupboards.
- Dummy smoke-jack with spit, cauldron, & drip-tray
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.