Gadgets and goodies

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At Charlecote you can see one of the best surviving Victorian kitchens in Britain. You can enjoy whatever our volunteer costumed guides are cooking today and have a real ‘taste’ of Victorian England. The experience here recently won a National Trust award too.

Ancient history
Although the kitchen is one of the newer rooms at Charlecote, you find yourself standing on one of its oldest features. The traditional worn flagstones were brought in here from the Great Hall when it was repaved with expensive Italian tiles in the 1840s.

A ‘range’ of experiences
The recently-restored range is a feat of clever engineering. Visit on a day when the range and bread oven are lit and savour the aromas of freshly made bread or buns and see what other goodies we’ve made. Spice jars can be sniffed, and maids’ costumes tried on for size. You’ll feel part of life below stairs and you can sometimes help with the cooking too.

Talk to our costumed guides who will explain all the ‘latest’ gadgets and Victorian labour-saving devices on display. You’ll really feel part of the busy hub of the house in here.

What on earth?
Although new kitchen technology was introduced periodically, very little was ever thrown away at Charlecote. There are items in here which will fascinate all generations and maybe jog the memories of parents and grandparents.  Our guides can tell you about anything that interests or baffles you from butter paddles to intricate jelly moulds.

The servants’ hard life
The adjoining scullery was used for washing huge quantities of vegetables and crockery and visitors can sometimes see the bread oven in here being used too. It's easy to imagine the extremes of heat from the range in summer and ice-cold water drawn from the well in the sinks in winter.