Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements in Historic Houses

Behind the Scenes Domestic Arrangements in Historic Houses Behind the Scenes is a fascinating exploration of the history of housekeeping through the well preserved properties of Britain s National Trust In today s world of fully stocked supermarkets and aston

  • Title: Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements in Historic Houses
  • Author: Christina Hardyment
  • ISBN: 9780810963436
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Behind the Scenes is a fascinating exploration of the history of housekeeping through the well preserved properties of Britain s National Trust.In today s world of fully stocked supermarkets and astonishing appliances, it is hard to imagine how people managed to run a household in the days before gas, electricity, central heating, refrigeration, and running water How didBehind the Scenes is a fascinating exploration of the history of housekeeping through the well preserved properties of Britain s National Trust.In today s world of fully stocked supermarkets and astonishing appliances, it is hard to imagine how people managed to run a household in the days before gas, electricity, central heating, refrigeration, and running water How did they cook meals and launder clothes And how did they keep their houses clean Christina Hardyment answers these and other question as she reconstructs the ingenious domestic methods used in great mansions, medieval castles, Victorian townhouses, and farmhouse cottages in days gone by The result is an informative, amusing history of the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, as well as of the bakehouse and brewery, dairy and dovecote, lamp room and larder.A wealth of color photographs, many taken specially for this book, combine with archival documents and accounts to bring Hardyment s descriptions to life For tourists, a handy gazetteer provides a guide to the properties.

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    About "Christina Hardyment"

    1. Christina Hardyment

      Christina Hardyment read history at Newnham College, Cambridge, and has twice held the Alistair Horne Historians Writing Fellowship at St Antony s College, Oxford She is a writer and broadcaster with wide interests, and lives in Oxford, England.

    120 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements in Historic Houses”

    1. This was a fascinating look at the development of domestic arrangements in large country homes using examples from various National Trust houses. It is well illustrated and seems well researched. The author explains the roles of the key members of staff, such as the butler and housekeeper, and how these changed over the years. She also covers all the main service rooms in the house and the activities that would have been carried out in them. For example, in the days before refrigeration, the pre [...]



    2. Great book that gives really lot of information about the organisation, construction and equipement in a household, from forks to placement of servants' quarters.


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