The left hand side of The Kitchen. The settle and close stool were both purchases from ebay and I've yet to add one or two finishing touches to the shelf.
With regard to the close stool: According to a Town Council Minute circa 1687 the muck was removed to "muck carts" between the hours of 10pm and 12pm in Winter and between 11pm and 1am in Summer. Throwing the filth out of the window was considered a nuisance and again, according to the Town Council Minute "proclamation to be made that the windows shall be inspected and closed with tirlies (trellises) or otherwise, to prevent the outcasting of filth. Housemasters offending shall be fined. Servants shall be liable to be pilloried, scourged and banished".*
An overhead view of the whole room. The chair was another purchase from Ashwood Designs. The enclosed back of the chair was designed to protect the individual from draughts.
A close up of the fire grate. There was no oven at this time and meat was usually boiled and fish grilled. Oatmeal in various forms was a staple. The long utensils are from Olde Charm Miniatures. The jam pan (or jelly pan) and trivet that it sits on are from Sussex Crafts as are the hinges on the shutters shown on the full width picture below.
The completed Kitchen. The room measures approximately 11" x 11" x 8.5" 27.94 x 27.94 x 21.59cms). If I can catch the room at dusk, I'll post more pictures with lighting.
The little item at the window is a "rush light". These provided artificial lighting for the poorest folk. They were inexpensive to make, being made of rushes gathered locally and dipped in fat or grease. The stands would be made by a local craftsman or blacksmith.
The average rush was approximately 12" long (30cms) and burned for 10 - 15 minutes. These particular lights were commissioned by me from Olde Charm Miniatures.
* Quoted from NTS Guide Book 1983 and 2008