Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 641901
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The Kitchen

The kitchen wing was built sometime between 1812 and 1831 to house kitchen and washing facilities, with Rev. Joseph Pickford’s own bedroom and dressing room upstairs. We do not know where the original kitchen would have been. The open range, where all the cooking was done, is a modern copy. Notice there is no oven, so pies, cakes and bread were probably sent out to a local bakehouse to be cooked or were bought ready-made.

What can I see?

Look high above at the bread suspended in a net from the ceiling. This was to prevent it being eaten by vermin coming into the kitchen. Candles too were a tasty treat as they were made from animal fat. These were stored in a metal container secured high up on a wall.

These are jelly moulds!

What can I learn?

The large pine table was where most of the food was prepared. Dishes ready to be served in the dining room were placed on the white tablecloth laid over one end of the table. This was to make sure that any grease on the bottom of the dishes was not transferred onto the fine linen tablecloths upstairs.
Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 641901
Plan your visitto Pickford's House
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