Feeding the Country Houses of the East Riding

- Speaker Jan Peacock


15 Whitefriargate, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU1 2ER


Entertaining visitors and providing food and hospitality was the essence of country house life for centuries, so transformation into hotels and wedding venues was a rational step.


Food for the country house was often grown or raised on the estate and involved gardeners and tenant farmers as well as the servants who prepared and served the meals. Utensils and methods of cooking changed, with iron pots and pans replacing cauldron-type pots and closed ovens supplanting turning spits. With the introduction of the foodstuffs from abroad, the contents of the meals also changed.


During the 17th and 18th centuries, country house owners were building orangeries and hothouses to grow their own exotic fruits.


By the 20th century two World Wars had seen country houses become hospitals, barracks and schools, with estates being ploughed up during the 'Dig for Victory' campaign. But food remained a part of country house life.


Event Times

Friday 17 September: 1330

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

Stair only access to the first floor

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

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