Part of the work of the officers at Eastgate House is to respond to suggestions and queries raised by visitors. So when a number of people said ‘where’s the kitchen?’ it set in train a series of actions.
It is quite likely that the original kitchen was in an outhouse that has since been demolished. This was common practice, greatly reducing the risk of fire to the main building.
The Friends found a dresser (already mentioned in a previous article) and then were asked to provide a table. One was quickly found, and being an elm plank held together with pegs, was considered to be appropriate. It was not too large, either.
So with a bit of dusting and waxing, it was duly placed in the house, along with the dresser, in what was the activity room. This was where the dressing-up rail was, but this has been moved to the room next to the main bedroom, on the 2nd floor. As a room next to the bedroom it has been renamed the ‘dressing room’.
So the dresser and the table were then ‘dressed’ with suitable plates and bowls, and some dried herbs added for greater effect. This is all part of the continuing development of the house, with the help of the Friends. Why not come and see for yourself.
For opening times, information on events planned and admission prices see Eastgate House on the Medway Council website.
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