The Building Layout - The First Floor
The single staircase approaches all of the first floor. A trapezium
shaped room about 3.5m x 3m leads off from the landing to the left,
with a corner fireplace and a single window facing north.
The first door on the right leads into the office formerly occupied
by Mr Pearson, 5m x 5.5m, with a single window facing west and two
front-facing windows. The restoration scheme included the removal
of a later plasterboard partition-wall that had been inserted to
sub-divide this room into two offices.
The second door on the right leads into an office, 6m x 5.5m, with
access from thereinto a futher office at the eastern end of the
building measuring 3m x 5.5m. The first of these offices is above
the covered weighbridge entrance. Another plasterboard wall had
been added to the front office to create a corridor that led to
the second office in the sub-division of Mr Pearson's former office.
This later addition was also removed as part of the restoration
project, returning the first office to its original size.
An original timber partition separating the first office from the
office to the east has been retained, complete with its two small
sliding hatches, one used when the first telephone was installed
in the building (see the recollections section of this website fM
more on this) and the second for a purpose as yet unidentified.
The first office has the three central windows seen on the facade
of the building, the easterly office has four windows (two south
and two north) and a large fireplace. A smalll office on the north
side, 3.3m x 3.2m, has a single window and a repeat of the patterned
quarry tiled floor seen in the ground floor lobby and first floor
landing. This was originally accessed from the central first floor
office. In the restoration scheme this room has been converted to
a toilet block to meet present-day office requirements, with a new
access doorway being inserted from the first floor landing.