Scullery

This is a description of the typical Victorian or Edwardian scullery; the furnishings, the floor, woodwork including skirting and doors, and the décor of the walls and ceiling.

The scullery was used for preparing vegetables, washing up after the meal, and for the family laundry.

It would have had a solid floor, covered with terracotta floor tiles.

The skirting would be dark brown and the walls were typically a pale blue; this was traditional for a laundry as it highlights the whiteness of cloth. In the later years the walls were partly tiled.

The typical sink was ceramic and square or rectangular; a 'Belfast' sink.

There would usually have been a copper for heating water.

Typically, a semi-glazed door led to the garden; this would be painted the same colour as other external woodwork, in a colour such as maroon.

Also off the scullery, was typically a pantry used to store crockery, silver etc., and a larder used for food only. In smaller houses both of these might instead be large cupboards.