Head to the ground floor and visit the year 1662

Objects on the kitchen table

During the seventeenth Century an inventory was made of Washington Old Hall and it's gifted us with a pretty good idea of its residents' lifestyle during that time, as well as what the hall could have looked like. Let's take a step back into 1662...

William and Dorothy James began their married life in the hall in 1645 and had six children.

In 1662, William died. Six months later an inventory was taken of all the Hall's contents.

And because of it, we can understand a lot more about life during the seventeenth-Century; how the James family lived and how the Hall would have functioned as a home.

The ground floor had a kitchen, parlour and a great hall. At the western end of the building stood a milk house and buttery. The first floor had five bedrooms and a linen closet. 

Make your way through the rooms, view a copy of the inventory and look out for specific items that are listed in it.

If they have a label on them, turn it over to see what the object is and how it was described over 350 years ago.

Images of Robert May The Accomplisht Chef book

Robert May's The Accompisht Chef

Although not listed on the inventory of 1662, you can see a copy of Robert May's The Accomplisht Cook Or the Art and Mystery of Cooking dating back to 1664. It gives us a taste of the food enjoyed by the most opulent of seventeenth-century society.