Can you imagine having to cook all of your meals over an open hearth? During the 1600s, the people who worked at Agecroft would have prepared food for the Dauntesey family in a kitchen that looks a lot different from the ones we have in our homes today. At Agecroft today, we have a reproduction of what the kitchen from back then might have looked like.
Here is the cooking hearth. There would have been a big fire roaring away to cook the food. You can also see the pans where they would roast vegetables and other food over hot coals. And notice the bread oven. Bread would be baked in the oven by placing the bread inside and closing the door.
Here is a look at the table to prepare the food for cooking. Lots of bread would have been made at Agecroft Hall. Do you notice the kitchen utensils hanging in the background? Do the look like tools that you might use in the kitchen today?
Here is another table in the kitchen. The food would be prepared and then taken to the Dining Parlor. Notice the pie on the far corner. Pies were popular back then, just like today!