Further along The Green we come to this magnificent set of doors and windows. The boxes containing the small bushes are pure real lead water butts, probably decorated with the owner's coat of arms and at least 300 years old. They must have cost a small fortune even in those days. I admire the elegant simplicity of the thin caste iron railings leading up the steps. Look at the trunk of the wisteria - it's very thick. The wealth behind this house undoubtedly came from great success in the new colonies trading sugar, tea and coffee, financing merchant shipping expeditions and farming estates in England and Ireland, and investing/speculating through the new financial system that had arisen in the City of London. I'm guessing the house was built in the early 1700s. The unpleasantness of the Civil War was 40 years behind, the country was stable, and a strong civic ethic was emerging.