It doesn't take long in playing The Sims before one realises that there are very few default build mode items which match the excellent Maxis default exterior brick walls - and, puzzling in itself, very few default floors. In the series "Maxis Matches", you will find several building items retextured from some of the Maxis wall textures to bring a little harmony into your homes. Not all of these items will be found in build mode; some will be found in buy mode in various places, but all pieces are architectural in style.
Named for the Midlantic Tan Brick from the original "The Sims", the Midlantic house has been siminised with much use of items by Stacy Gibbs at the former Vicarious Living group. All the furnishing & architectural items you need to use this lot are either downloadable below in the individual zips (or in the BigZip at the bottom of the page) or from the original game with only one exception which is clearly marked and linked with instructions.
Download everything in one big zip - ( REPAIRS Sept. 2015 - PLEASE RE-DOWNLOAD) - find this at the bottom of the page!    Zips with the normal winzip symbol are just the same objects in smaller packs below for those with slower connections.   If you download the big zip, you will NOT need any of the smaller zips from below unless they are marked with the NEW! symbol. Note that showcased items are NOT included :o)

This set is actually based on two walls from Maxis - the Midlantic Tan Brick from the original game and "Established" Gold from one of the later expansion packs. Until recently, I always thought the first one said Midatlantic, so it goes to show that no matter how many times one can read something it may not always be read correctly. But no matter how it's spelt, this is another brick texture which works as well inside the home as out. I use it together with the "Established" Gold as they go together very well.

Where I live, there are a few streets of Georgian houses in these colours, and most are (or have been) covered in ivy. I have always been struck by the contrasting loveliness of the dark green creeper on top of the sandstone and sand coloured brick, and so took this as the basis of my theme. Having seen the new "Home" series over at Marina's Sims, I could not resist using her windows, and have also took this opportunity to present my tribute to Stacy Gibbs' Vicarious Living group, sadly gone for the moment, though all her objects can be found at The Sims Resource or at the POBS forum at N99.

The Georgian period was an extremely long and eventful one. It began in 1714 and opinion is divided as to whether it could be defined as having ended in 1820 after the death of King George III or in 1837 with the accession of Queen Victoria. To confuse matters even more, some of this period is also called the Regency, which also has alternative dates; one being 1795-1825, taking into account some of the final years of George III and the accession of his son George, Prince of Wales as Prince Regent in 1811 and later as King George IV following the death of George III. I should also note that during the reign of King George I, power was also delegated to a Regency Council in 1719, 1720, and during most of his absences in his native Hanover. Another definition extends this period from 1800-1837 to also take in the reign of William, Duke of Clarence as King William IV (1830-37) following the death of George IV (his brother) in 1830.

This era and the styles that represent it, also came to be known by the French as “Empire” and by Americans as “Federal”. It was a period of war, political upheaval and sweeping change in style which began with radical revolution and ended with conservatism firmly back in control. It could be said that the Regency era bridged the gap between the old slow-paced order of the Georgian or Rococo 18th century and the new, faster, industrialized one of the Victorian 19th, though as we are learning, the periods cannot be that sharply defined.

Because, as if defining this period in history wasn't muddled enough, it is also sometimes known as the Hanoverian period. The Hanoverians came to power in difficult circumstances that looked set to undermine the stability of British society. The first of their Kings, George I, was only 52nd in line to the throne, but the nearest according to the Act of Settlement. Two descendants of James II, the deposed Stuart King, threatened to take the throne and were supported by a number of 'Jacobites' throughout the realm.

The Midlantic House - Lot 3


PLEASE NOTE: This zip does not contain any objects, walls or floors. You will need to download, unzip and install all the object, wall & floor zips from below before playing this house, otherwise you will get the dreaded "missing objects" box and the house will be incomplete.

You have three houses on one lot! A pair of Georgian Town Houses, and a Regency mansion. The Town Houses are divided into rooms as accurately as possible, while the mansion is completely empty for you to transform however you wish; maybe a lavish party area or a huge, decadent, indoor pool...

Queen Anne (1702-14) was the second daughter of King James, and is best remembered as the last Stuart monarch, and the first married queen to rule England alone. Anne was a transitional monarch. She was not a powerful Absolute By Divine Right monarch but one who was presiding over a country slowly moving toward a Constitutional monarchy in which Parliament had the power. Although that form of government hadn't fully emerged at that time, as we will read, this situation was to change dramatically by the end of the Georgian period.

Anne had seventeen children during her life, but not one survived past childhood to succeed her, and her nearest relative in the recognised Protestant line of succession was George from the House of Hanover, in northern Germany.

The son of the first elector of Hanover, Ernest Augustus, and great grandson of James I, George I (1714-27) therefore became king on the death of Anne. He spent most of his reign in Hanover, Germany, never having learned English. This actually led to the hastening of the change from Absolute to Constitutional Monarchy in England. Cabinet positions became of the utmost importance; the king's ministers represented the executive branch of government, while Parliament represented the legislative. George's frequent absences required the creation of the post of Prime Minister, the majority leader in the House of Commons who acted in the king's stead. The first was Robert Walpole, who worked feverishly to restore public credit and confidence in George's government. His success put him in the position of dominating British politics for the next 20 years, and the reliance on an executive Cabinet marked an important step in the formation of a modern constitutional monarchy in England.

The first Hanoverian with an English upbringing was George III, George II's grandson.

However, it is safe to say that regardless as to whether the period is called the Georgian, Regency or Hanoverian, it ended when William IV died in 1837, as his closest heir was his 18-year-old niece Victoria. So, to sum up, depending upon how the Georgian period is defined, between one and five monarchs ruled, and depending upon how the Regency period is defined, between one and four monarchs ruled :

George I
George II
George III
The Prince of Wales - Prince Regent - George IV
William IV
In case you are thinking these are very short lived people, the dates in brackets are the dates of their reign rather than birth and death! - though the last date does mark their death in these cases.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because whatever the period is called, the monarchs who ruled between 1714 and 1837 shaped world history, all in different and dramatic ways, each of which in turn shaped domestic architecture and design dramatically.

Five fireplaces

These are all fixed! They don't wobble any more when lit! Redownload these and they will overwrite the old ones in your game.

I made the first one ages ago but it was too blurry for my taste and until I recently learned that fuzziness was all in the A sprites, had no idea how to fix it. Then after that all I had to do was to learn how to fix the Z buffer.... which I am the first to admit is not quite right but I think it's reasonably ok now. Just don't try to put your rug under them - but then one wouldn't put a rug underneath a built-in fireplace anyway, so that justifies that. Ha.

They won't cause any dramas in your home because they are cloned from the animated wall sconce. This also means you can't put a picture above them, so I have done that for you. The mirrors & some other items by Stacy Gibbs are attached to the fireplace and are for decoration only.

Finally, I would not recommend putting them in a corner - because they are one tiled objects but a little wider than one tile at each end, they will bleed through corner walls.

So, with all those disclaimers established, what period are we talking about when we say "Georgian design"? The styles of architecture most commonly associated with Georgian England are at their most strongly identifiable in the period 1715-1800 when, more than any other period of English historic architecture, Georgian style was almost exclusively influenced by the classical architecture of Greece and Rome. The excesses of the Baroque had created a distaste for over-decoration and the Renaissance villas of Palladio were especially admired as reflecting the pure lines of classical architecture. There was a political element to this change of taste as Baroque was associated with the Counter-Reformation while the Hanoverians were a firmly Protestant dynasty.

Also during this period, an entire generation of English aristocratic youth travelled throughout Europe on the "Grand Tour", which was designed to broaden the mind and put a "real-world" polish on their academic education. These Grand Tours exposed the most influential class in Britain to the classical traditions of style and architecture, and these young men (and sometimes women accompanied by a chaperone) often came home fired by an enthusiasm for classical architecture and design.

All of these situations, combined with a strong sense of nationalism during a very turbulent time in political history led to there being many stylistic differences as well as similarities within the Georgian Period. These can be narrowed down somewhat into three distinct movements called Palladian, Adamesque & Greek Revival, which I go on to detail later.

18 Window Frames

Give a new lease of life to ALL your windows with this set of 18 architectural wall details. Because these wall details are separate objects and not a window in themselves, you also have the advantage of being able to use them with any of your collection of recoloured windows. The square ones also work well with any square or rectangular window.

Based on a droppable rug piece, your sims can walk over them, you can put other items on the same tile and HD users can place wall mountable items on the windows as well. I don't recommend placing large items on the same tile, but things like plants & small bushes are ideal.

These pieces can be used on their own, tiled, or around other windows of your choice with the Midlantic Brick or Established Gold walls or even perhaps another wall to give a complete contrast.

The pieces are all backless and droppable with thanks to Koromo at Persimmon Grove, without whom I simply would not have anything unique to add to this site.

To place them on a second floor, you will need to place them on the transparent floor tile included in the zip for the sectional ivy on the Landscaping page for which I am very grateful to Caro of Caro's Sim Kagen for permission to include it.

The pieces are slightly larger than one tile so should not be placed in a corner. The thickness of the wall gives an authentic depth to the windowsill, and none of the plants will ever need watering.

On the left are two small arched stepped pediments for the Monticello, Federal and other rounded windows & doors, and the sideless one far right goes well with the Hot Date shuttered window.

All the pieces are standalone, and the larger ones can even be used to create a garden walkway. To do this effectively, place two back to back facing opposite ways to get rid of the "backless" effect.

Priced at the astonishingly low bargain basement price of just one simolean, you will find all these pieces in Buy Mode / Miscellaneous / General.

Some pieces are slightly wider than others to give more architectural depth, while some feature double pediments to match both the windows and the roof of the house itself.

The piece on the far left features some of Stacy Gibbs' potted herbs and some of the pieces also feature some of the lovely ivy texture with the extremely kind permission of Hanna at SimSisters (closed) - a site which although no longer updating has some extremely beautiful and well crafted items for your game. I can guarantee that a visit will have you downloading everything in sight!

In general, great houses and public buildings were fronted with massive pediments and colonnades (near right) inspired by ancient Greek and Roman temples. Within a symmetrical exterior, there might be Rococo interiors with delicate, flowing decoration. Some architects experimented with a largely unconvincing Gothic revival (a true revival would come later), and some more successfully with Chinoiserie and other exotica (far right).
British involvement in India had also brought contact with Mughal architecture. The first attempt to imitate it was the house at Sezincote, Gloucestershire (far left), built in 1803 for Sir Charles Cockerell, who had served in the East India Company. It was followed by the Royal Pavilion at Brighton (near left), redesigned in Indian style for the Prince Regent by John Nash, with Chinese-influenced interiors.
Although all these styles lent themselves to very grand houses, there was also a growing number of town houses and smaller terraced houses being built in smaller, more intimate examples of the style, characterised in all instances by elegance, proportion and symmetry.
A town house is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common dividing walls, usually four or more storeys high with an additional one or two storeys below ground, served by a deep lightwell, the house being long but narrow at the front street area. The pictures show a row of six storey townhouses in Great Pulteney Street, Bath.
A terraced house has the same principles only being much smaller and with only two or three storeys perhaps adding an unwindowed cellar.
Build Mode Kit 1
The connecting brick & iron fence comes with or without ivy. The corner pieces of the brick & iron fences feature a terracotta pot from the magnificent Persimmon Grove underneath the ivy.
Three windows and a door pediment all retextured from Marina's Sims, and a matching Greek column. I have included a plain slightly oversized matching brick column in this zip as well - here you can see I have placed one on top of each other using Caro's transparent floor.

1714 - 1760







Palladianism is a philosophy of design based on the writings and work of Andrea di Pietro della Gondola (1508 - 1580) an Italian architect who tried to recreate the style and proportions of the buildings of ancient Rome. Andrea apprenticed to a stonecutter when he was 13 years old and learned the principles of classical architecture when he worked on new additions for a villa owned by Gian Giorgio Trissino, a leading scholar of the time. Trissino nicknamed his mason "Palladio" after the Greek goddess of wisdom, and the name stuck.

La Villa Rotonda in Vicenza, Italy (pictured) is considered the most perfect form of his work. The central dome, one of Palladio's most famous and imitated motifs, was itself inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. What characterizes Palladian architecture? In a nutshell, grace, understated decorative elements, and use of classical "orders" such as symmetry and regularity of detail often using certain mathematical formulae.

Build Kit 2

Another connecting fence but this time a complete contrast - plain brick with a tree in blossom at the corners.

Droppable Gable Set - doesn't bleed anymore! You can place the gables in any way you like to give the effect of a multi-storey building. Idea credit to Ophelia - although I have modified mine somewhat so that they have all four views and can be placed against walls at any rotation.   

Thanks to Cooptwin and his expert hacking, you won't see the gables when played with walls cutaway or down. See more of Cooptwin's work at Another #%*& Sim Site
Two false steps (above). Based on a rug piece, your sims won't fall over them. Promise!


Three walls and two floors (right). I have never understood why Maxis gave us such lovely exterior walls and no floors to match. So I hope to redress that balance with a plain Midlantic Tan Brick floor, and one where the brick frames some of the Established Gold texture.

Use these singly or together to make a random effect. The three walls can be used to link the Midlantic Tan brick wall with the Established Gold wall, and the one at the top can be used on its own.

False steps for a slope!
Cloned from the snow for slopes at Hooty Holler, these are recoloured from the original steps by Zarrie at Sona-Nyl Yahoo Group (formerly Alas Babylon). Zarrie has some lovely and unusual items for your sims, if you haven't been there yet, I do recommend you go NOW.

1760 - 1790

Adamesque (or Neoclassical)






Adamesque style was named after the Scottish architect Robert Adam (1728-1792). Son of an architect, Robert and his three brothers (John, James and William) all followed in their father's footsteps. Robert did the "Grand Tour" following which he and James set up a practice in London in 1758, developing there an integrated style, an elegant sense of proportion and unified facades. In 1762 he was appointed as a royal architect and became the most fashionable architect in England.

He had a great impact on interior design with elaborate plaster work and neo-classical figures. He developed the concept of an integrated interior with walls, ceiling, carpet and furniture all designed as a single scheme. He is particularly noted today for the quality and style of his architectural fireplaces, often built to match interiors. Refusing to be confined in the Palladian strait-jacket, he borrowed Byzantine, Italian Baroque and even Etruscan motifs, as well as those of Ancient Greece and Rome. His brightly-coloured interiors were covered in refined ornamentation. He largely influenced the design of the New Town, Edinburgh, particularly Charlotte Square (pictured).

Garden Set

The only shopping list item for this house is to be found at Alle Meine Sims where you need to download the mini hedge set (left) made by Sweetie (if you don't already have it, of course!).

As this excellent site is in German, the best way of finding the set is to go to the Sitemap and then scroll down until you see "Mini-Hecken". But don't be afraid to wander round the other pages from the sitemap - there is much more wonderful stuff to be had from there!

I am extremely privileged to have had permission to rework Sweetie's hedges, and have mixed and matched them together with her originals. Mine are cloned from the one tile rug, so you can put two on the same square or other items on top. I have done the whole set to match the default hedges & topiaries, and some as herbs for a Knot Garden.

Many "Knot" gardens from the 1500s onwards survive in the larger estates. Boxwood and herbs were planted as dwarf hedges which were kept clipped in the form of interlacing ribbons, often to ancient and meaningful designs. I have not attempted to faithfully recreate an authentic one for you, but have still had a blast laying down the patterns.

Also cloned from the one tile rug are various shades of soil-less tulip and a corner topiary (shown below). Other plants are from the game, though you will also need my hillside trees from the Landscaping page.

Ever wonder where all that overgrown ivy comes from? The well-overgrown decorative ivy planter shown on the right may well be the source.

Using ivy images with permission from SimSisters, Juniper Sun and Mermaid Cove, and of course, myself, this planter can help you to mix and match all your sectional ivy pieces.

I slightly reworked Stacy Gibbs' gorgeous water garden. With gentle ripples and splashes of water which catch the sunlight, this is the perfect centrepiece for a tranquil herb garden.

I am very proud to be able to offer "as is" Stacy Gibbs' Herb set from Vicarious Living.

Your cats will especially enjoy playing with the catnip plant (top left).

1790 - 1830

Greek Revival







The search for purity in architectural form finally led to the revival of the Greek Doric style, of which one of the main adherents was John Nash (1752-1835). Although he worked in many architectural styles, from Gothic to Italianate, Palladian, Greek, Oriental and picturesque, in 1811 the Prince Regent asked Nash for ideas on developing the farmland called Marylebone Park and the surrounding areas in a style now generally known as Regency, characterised by fluted pilasters replacing full-bodied columns and a general refinement of Classical details to mere decorative motifs.

Nash's ambitious plans included a "garden city", with villas, terraced houses, crescents, a canal, and lakes.The prime focus of the developement was a proposed avenue from Prince Regent's Park to "Prinnie's" home at Carlton House in the Mall. The area covered by Nash's scheme covered the present Trafalgar Square, St. James' Park, Regent Street and Regents' Park. Several elements of Nash's sweeping scheme had to be abandoned, including a summer palace in Regents' Park, and the present day Regent Street has been much altered. However, Park Crescent (pictured) remains much the same today as when first built.

High Building Kit 1

I can honestly say that I have not spent so long working on one single object as I have on this decorative pediment. And I didn't even do the hard work of hacking the base - the credit for that goes to Peej of Travels With Buddha/Atelier Quebec fame who created the nine-tile base and made it droppable so you won't see it with walls cutaway or down.

I could not have done this without the help of Peej and all the creators at The Artists' Workshop - especially Hairfish of Mermaid Cove who showed me how to slice the thing up to get it into TMog successfully.

It needs Caro's glass floor to sit on, but unfortunately this generates a roof in the game. The pediment will override the roof, but leave a small amount of roof showing at the front. I have left this as another decorative effect in some of the house, but in the screenshot you can see that another decorative effect covers this - the tileable moulding piece below.


Roof height Venus statue.

This object is droppable - you won't see it when played with walls cutaway or down and will remain in place when the house is sold. The base was made by Cooptwin at Another #%*& Sim Site.

I am very grateful to Jendea of Jendea Simitecture for allowing her objects to be free to clone! Here I have recoloured her stackable column from the Greek Revival co-ordinated build set. You can see in the picture that I have placed one on top of the other using Caro's transparent floor.
This object is droppable - you won't see them when played with walls cutaway or down and will remain in place when the house is sold. The base was made by Cooptwin at Another #%*& Sim Site. Both this and the pediment can be used on either floor of the house.

In architectural terms, this kind of moulding is known as a "cornice" and this particular one has component parts (or entablature) of a classical architrave surmounted by a frieze in the traditional Greek Key design, with regulated block corbels nestling under stepped classical eaves.

Or as I said to my hubby recently when admiring a particularly fine one by John Soane - "Cor, look at that sticky out bit at the top going all around the edge, b'there above the window with the yellow curtain. That's a gorgeous bit of kit that is".

So, now we have the boring historical and architectural bit over, let's get down to the real issue of this time. George III is widely remembered for two things: losing the American colonies and going mad. But did he do either?

George's direct responsibility for the loss of the colonies is not as great as supposed. He most certainly opposed their bid for independence to the end, but he was not responsible for the enforcement and amendment of the ancient Navigation Laws on imports & exports, neither did he develop the policies such as the Writs of Assistance of 1761, the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend duties of 1767 on tea, paper and other products which led to war in 1775-76 - and which had the support of Parliament.

Having said that, once the colonies had offended him by defying British authority, he pursued them with the same vindictive spirit which he exhibited towards all that he could not control - with determination to humiliate them at all costs.

It is widely taught both in the US and in the UK that the English colonial trade laws were unfavourable to the colonies and that the existence of colonial possessions was for the sole purpose of benefiting the mother country. Looking back from a business perspective however, it becomes apparent it was the protection of the colonies and their individual trading materials which drove most legislation in England.

I am not in any way saying this was a 100% good, beneficial or even benevolent outlook, but it must be said that many of the laws were originally designed to protect and develop trade from smaller colonies by restricting trade in the same items by larger colonies. That way, none of the colonies - including the mother country - would be encouraged to be self-sufficient, rather that they would be dependent on trade from and with each other through the brokerage of the mother country who, in return for Sovereign Protection would take a percentage of the imports and exports by way of duty. This system worked successfully for quite some time and was imitated by other colonial powers to success as well. Until it all went horribly wrong.....

Pilaster set in two pieces with a traditional Ionic scroll design. You can see in the picture that I have placed one on top of the other using Caro's transparent floor.
Both pieces are backless and droppable with thanks to Koromo at Persimmon Grove, without whom I simply would not have anything unique to add to this site.
High Building Kit 2


Two storey droppable high gable in three sectional pieces - you won't see them when played with walls cutaway or down and will remain in place when the house is sold. The base was made by Cooptwin at Another #%*& Sim Site but I could not have completed this without the help of Heidi of Exotic Elements who sorted out the rotations which I messed up completely.

I must say that they will look a little strange when you mouse over them in the game. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions of the game, most if not all high objects will do this.

"Bun, it's all very well having a pretendy third - and now fourth - floor for my game" you might say; "but how would my simmies get up to that pretendy floor?"

The answer is : with a pretendy staircase!

Hacked by P8ntmstrG some time ago for me, this is a staircase to be found in buy mode which sits on a second floor. It is purely decorative, your sims cannot go up or down it, but as a prop it is unsurpassed to give the appearance of more than two storeys in a house.

What's more, it is free to clone for free or unrestricted sites, so object makers can have a blast converting it to match their existing sets. Please!

By the 1770s, and at a time when there was no income tax, the national debt required an annual revenue of £4 million to service it, largely due to the financial burdens of garrisoning and administering the vast expansion of territory brought under the British Crown in America, the costs of a series of wars with France and Spain, and the loans given to the East India Company (then responsible for administering India).

Under George III's reign, import and export duty therefore became quite severe in a very short space of time. I am sure I do not need to explain what actions the American colonies took in rebellion against such duties on trade. Now excuse me while I go to make a nice cup o' tea. :o)

The declaration of American independence on 4 July 1776, the end of the war with the surrender by British forces in 1782, and the defeat which the loss of the American colonies represented could have threatened the Hanoverian throne. However, George's strong defence of what he saw as the national interest and the prospect of long war with revolutionary France made him, if anything, more popular than before in England. Having said that, the loss of the American colonies brought about huge changes in the political & governing system of Britain with the appointment of Pitt the Younger as Prime Minister, whose legislative programme of political reform was to bring about the end of Absolute royal power and the curtailing of the Royal Prerogative, establishing the Constitutional Monarchy we still have today.

When Pitt became prime minister, the national debt was further impaired by the heavy cost of the American Revolution. The debt rose to about £250 million, a staggering amount for those days. Pitt imposed new types of taxes to wipe out the deficit, checked smuggling by reducing the high duties that encouraged it, and reduced frauds in the revenue by establishing an improved system of auditing. He also simplified customs and excise duties, bringing them into a single consolidated fund, out of which all public creditors were to be paid. Later acts streamlined this even further.

What stately home would be complete without a set of portraits of the Georgian Kings?

Elaborately framed Royal portraits were very fashionable - but naturally very expensive, the artists rarely making more than one or two copies of their original work. It was therefore seen as a status symbol of the highest order to own a portrait of a Monarch.

Misc Decorative Kit
I made this selection of topiaries in pots ages ago but never got round to putting them on the Landscaping page, so here they are for your Regency patio instead.
Once again, I am very proud to be able to offer "as is" another selection of Stacy Gibbs' objects - this time the Grandfather Clock and the Trunk Table set from Vicarious Living.

Period-wise, the clock may not be completely authentic, but it still looks excellent in a Georgian / Regency surrounding, while the young men of the house would surely have made good use of the trunks on their Grand Tours.

Four illuminated Niches with traditional scalloped caps. A niche is a plaster recess in a wall, usually designed to hold a sculpture or an urn. They are semicircular in depth, and usually surmounted by a semi-recessed niche cap. This set comes with a Stacy Gibbs rose bowl and three other decorative items as below:

"Thank you Bun, but we know far more about US independence than you do. What we really want to know is WAS GEORGE III MAD?"

Leave it up to Good Ol' Aunty Beeb to present us with the truth in this excellent article - King George III: Mad or misunderstood?

In the 1970s a diagnosis was made by two psychiatrists who revisited the king's medical records and noticed a key symptom; dark red urine - a classic and unmistakable sign of a rare blood disorder called porphyria, which can cause severe abdominal pain, cramps, and even seizure-like epileptic fits. However, one of the great mysteries of King George's porphyria was the severity of his attacks. It is rare for men to suffer this acute form at all - normally males show no symptoms - and a final puzzle was that King George didn't have any attacks at all before his 50s.

Recent DNA tests on some of his hair showed that it was laden with arsenic - over 300 times the toxic level - which suggested that it had been liberally ingested over a long period of time. Arsenic is known to be a trigger for porphyria, but the mystery was how the King had come to ingest so much of the poison that it would cause the disorder.

It has long been known that the most common medication he was given was called "James' Powders", a routine medicine he was being given several times a day. However, it has only been recently discovered that this medicine was made of a substance called antimony which, even when purified, contains significant traces of arsenic. So ironically, the arsenic from the very medication he was being given to control his 'madness' was triggering more attacks.

And now, as you have come to expect, it is myth-debunking time again.

Back in 1994, Alan Bennett's excellent play "The Madness of George III" was turned into a film by Nicholas Hytner, normally a London theatre director, starring the late Nigel Hawthorne (above) in the title role heading up a stellar cast of British actors in a fair & sumptuous adaptation called "The Madness of King George".

Without even a pause for breath, the lower segment of the British press gleefully reported that the film's title was changed from "The Madness of George III" because the distributor was afraid that American audiences would think it was a sequel and not go to see it, assuming they had missed the two previous films "The Madness of George I" and "The Madness of George II."

Once again I am going to refer you over to Snopes who will tell you if that really was the case. And in case you were wondering, the answer is "no, but maybe". :o)

Bay Windows

One plain, one with ivy, these bay windows are stackable, so you can use them singly or on top of each other. The little balcony is just for show. While bay windows are not historically accurate to this era (gasp) I just thought that this lovely brick texture lent itself perfectly to a bay window.


Sectional ivy to match these windows can be found on my Landscaping page.


All the 115 items above can be downloaded in this one BIGZIP Zip File  11874kb


The BIGZIP is just a normal zip file with everything inside one large zip, I just call it that to distinguish it from the normal sized zips.

This one zip contains everything pictured above that does not have the NEW! symbol next to it.

Unzip to a temporary storage folder, and you must move the files accordingly as below:

  • House03.iff to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData\Houses (for the original "The Sims") or C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserDataXX\Houses - where XX is the number of the neighborhood. For example, if you want it in Neighborhood 3, it goes to: C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData3\Houses\House03.iff
  • Files ending in .wll to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Walls
  • Files ending in .flr to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Floors
  • Files ending in .iff to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\UserObjects
  • Files ending in .bmp to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Roofs

All items are priced at §1, §10 or §100 for you to find easily enough in your game. All walls & floors are priced at §1.


If you would like to redesign or recolor objects from the Midlantic Tan Brick set, please provide credit on your site and in the object description with a link back to us. Most recolours here are from base items from sites participating in the Recolourers Resource Project, but where I have had specific permission for an item to be cloned for this set, you will need to ask the same permissions from the original designer - these are as follows:

All links to the original site where I have made the recolour from are given where possible. See notes on home page.