Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Calke Abbey - Part 2. Stuffed stuff, and the kitchens.

The Entrance Hall is stuffed with the heads of cattle from the park. This is a family that liked to stuff things and the whole house is full of what they shot or acquired from taxidermists. Half of the collection had to be sold to pay Death Duties, but there's still more left than I felt comfortable seeing.

The Kitchens were large and disastrous, and haven't been used since the 1960's. The National Trust have left them as they were found. They are such a long way from the dining room that a second Butlers Kitchen had to be opened alongside the dining room just to heat up the food again.   

A very early version of a Hostess Trolley exists; it's fuelled by hot coal kept in a drawer at the bottom, and was pushed around on wheels.

I couldn't resist showing you these doors and their lovely texture. Do you think they've ever been painted or varnished, or even polished since the kitchen was built in 1794??
The caption on this one makes perfect sense and sums up the family.

The vegetable cooker - the heat was more fierce for boiling.

The fish and sauce cooker - the heat was gentler than the veggy cooker

The boiler for providing hot water.
And finally for today, these intriguing little frying pans. I wonder what they were used for? Pancakes? One portion sized servings of sauces?

1 comment:

  1. Perect timing, I've just been reading up in Old European Kitchens, at:


    and whilst this isnt exactly the same, ooooh I'd love to walk around it.

    And the hostess trolley - superb!