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The Boardroom

The Boardroom is situated on the third floor of what is now Five Kings House, adjacent to the Hall. It was built in 1911 as Thames House for the Liebig Extract of Meat Co. Ltd, the makers of Fray Bentos Corned Beef (Uruguay) and, later, Oxo.

The Boardroom was designed as a meeting room in the neoclassical style although it includes some baroque elements. The wood panelled walls are embellished with acanthus leaves around the doorways and along the upper cornice, which runs above a narrow frieze of stylised flowers, leaves and fruit.

Above the main doorway is an interesting carved trophy rrangement which includes elements alluding to the large-scale cattle farming ofSouth Americawhich was the main source of Liebeg's prosperity. At the top is the horned skull of an ox above a free-standing iron cooking pot, surrounded by various implements such as a sheathed dagger, lengths of rope, chains, a whip, a saw and an axe, as well as more conventional flowers, fruit and ears of wheat.

Over the plain white marble mantelpiece are more carved wooden decorations in the baroque style which again blend traditional symbols of abundance and plenty such as sheaves of corn, bunches of grapes, hops and various other fruits and flowers with farming implements, including a barrel, a scythe, a sickle, a pitchfork, a whip and a rifle.

The ceiling is adorned with exuberant plaster mouldings of leaves, festoons, flowers, ribbons and cartouches as well as the head of a stag at the western end and another ox skull at the eastern end. In the centre is a crystal chandelier.

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