The building I hope to reproduce is a “Cothouse” a fortified building which will provide home and shelter(not to mention a defensive strongpoint) for the lamplighters and their auxiliaries( of which more anon)
The distance betwixt Cothouses is around ten to twelve miles- this is in order that the lamplighters will not ever be too far from safety as they go about their business of lamp lighting.
Cothouses come in a variety of shapes and sizes. My cothouse (yet to be named by me) will probably be an octagonal tower of stone with external steps leading to a heavy door some floors off the ground. The tower is 4 or five storeys high culminating in a tiled roof and myriad tall chimneys. The walls have loopholes on each floor for observation and for firing through. I am considering a courtyard with external walls and gates but haven’t decided yet. Construction will be of cardboard and I imagine the structure to be between 12 and 16 inches in height when completed. My next post will cover those who will live there and the auxiliaries in particular.