Ah, the kitchen, the heart of the building
I wanted it to be made up of many areas, but needed to start with the room box I’d allocated for the main kitchen and work on from there. I plan to add rooms and passages off to root storage, flesh pantry, buttery etc.
Story so far
Whole area dirtied up to give good base for working area yet to be strewn with rushes in miniature
Unglazed window cut with view out on to Hall – gives Cook a view of what’s going n and allows heat exchange between to areas.
Fireplace stands on york stone platform across back of room
The back of fireplace is covered with small stones painted over and dirtied up (along with hearth!)
Smoke cupboard is shallower and so I lined it with egg box bits cut and painted to mimic stone
Gardening wire inserted as lead to draw flame effect bulb wires through from fire area to battery area.
Door hung, beams in place on walls and ceiling, nails banged in as hooks all over where useful, stairs in place up to women servants’ sleeping area and set roughly dressed to start to give a feel. Chickens, cats, crockery and vermin still to come.
- An Elizabethan interior
- Life in Elizabethan England – Masters & Servants
- Weald and Downland Open Air Museum – my favourite