The Kitchen: Uncovering the Past

In our last post we looked at our kitchen over the last four years and the work we had to do before gutting it. We knew that all the plaster had to come off, that we would keep the cheese shelf and incorporate it into the new cupboards. So, started to chip off the plaster, a mix of patch plaster, lime, black concrete and the kind of dust that would give a Sahara storm a run for its money. We have dust where no dust should be.

The old secrets in a kitchen #lifeonpigrow

We have a confession, our handyman took our ceilings down and he did a fantastic job. We didn't know what we'd find under the ceilings and some surprises where thrown up.

Kitchen secrets #lifeonpigrow

The kitchen when we inherited it was three rooms: a back corridor, a larder and a small kitchen but it appears the kitchen used to be two rooms separated by a wooden partition.

The secrets that houses yield #lifeonpigrow

When we stripped the walls we found the old door into the second room. This suggests that the kitchen may be oldest part of the house, we have evidence from old books and notes on the area that it could have been a crofters cottage, two rooms, one a kitchen, the other a small barn for animals and the attic a bedroom. The second floor was probably added at a later date and the thatch given over to Yorkshire slate. The evidence for this was strengthened when we found an old flue in a shower of chicken wire used to patch an old flood from a water tank we tore out and a box of woodbines. Then we found the bricked up fire place behind the cheese shelf.

The fireplace reveals the truth about #lifeatpigrow before us

The hole in the wall revealed the flue joining to the old fireplace and the depth of it was around three feet. This large opening suggests an old fashioned fire, which throws light on the iron peg that juts out of the wall by it, a strange peg with a single hole in it for hanging cast iron pot handles off. We have seen these in cottages before but always thought they went with a bread oven. Which then throws light on the other opening in our wall.

Could this be a second oven, a bread oven? #lifeonpigrow

Which is a second oven, long gone, long forgotten. We may be wrong on all these points but the shape and size of the oven and it's proximity to it and the fact the oven opening is so close to this second opening suggests a secondary oven. Then we uncovered the pad stones.

Did the roof come lower at one point? #lifeonpigrow

Which again suggests that the beams ran in the opposite direction, allowing for a flue through the roof. The flue has been blocked up sometime ago, or so we believe, we have our suspicions about a boxed in area in the front room but that's for another day.