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double-pile house. A pile is a row of rooms: a single-pile house is therefore one with a single row of rooms; a double-pile house is two rooms deep, sometimes, but not always, with a corridor between the two rows. According to some authorities, one of the earliest double-pile houses to survive is Whitehall, Shrewsbury, Salop. (1578–82), although Inigo Jones's Queen's House, Greenwich (1616–35), was somewhat grander, anticipating a not uncommon type of English C17 plan.