An impression of life below stairs can be gained by peering into the cellars on the lower ground floor. These would be used to store and hang game, wines and ales and a dry cellar would be used specifically to store flour and grain. The largest of the three cellars was used as an air raid shelter by the Schofield family who lived in this house during the Second World War.
What can I see?
Also on this level is a large housekeeper’s cupboard. Expensive items like spices, dried fruit, teas and beeswax candles were stored here. The doors and drawers could be locked with a key which was kept by the mistress of the house and the housekeeper, as servants were not generally regarded as trustworthy.
What can I learn?
Small cellars would allow the separate storage of food and drink to prevent cross-contamination. A town house was serviced by daily deliveries of perishable commodities like milk or dairy products and vegetables, and less regularly with dry goods and general groceries.