Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Butler's Pantry

panorama of butler's pantry's underfloor

The butler's pantry in the basement has been one of the neglected rooms in the castle. Absolutely nothing has been done to it. However, this week Liam and Greg started to clear out the rubble, and are currently slipping damp proof membranes under the surviving wooden floor plates as you can see in the above panorama.

With the room cleared out, I thought it was a good opportunity to record the "archaeology" photographically in this blog entry before the floor gets rebuilt. You can see a wooden channel on the right which probably brought water from the adjoining tower to the butler's sink.  There are a couple of holes under the door which look like they also carried plumbing or drainage, as you can see in the photo below.

two holes under the door of the pantry
Ironically, the butler's pantry is one of the more intact rooms in the castle with a lot of plaster on the walls and an almost totally intact window including glass. This is no doubt because it was boarded-up from the outside a long time ago. I plan to record the progress of this room in the blog - watch this space!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely, those boards saw a lot of Balintore's social history.