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Game larders, general view from south west

SC 768762

Description Game larders, general view from south west

Date 4/6/2001

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 768762

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of E 15514 CN

Scope and Content Game Larders, Balmoral Estate, Aberdeenshire These three purpose-built game larders were constructed c.1852 as stores for the large quantities of venison and game birds shot on the estate. The circular larder (right), with a frieze of stags' antlers, has slits in the roughcast walls and a large louvred lantern to provide ventilation, and may have been used to hang mutton for the servants. The large wooden larder on the left was designed to hang venison, and the decorative little building in the centre, with its delicately swept roof, to hang birds. The larders were positioned close to the kitchen quarters of the castle to allow the servants relatively easy access, but far enough away to prevent the unpleasant smells arising from the large quantities of decomposing meat from penetrating the house. It was also important that the gamekeepers could conveniently deposit game without disturbing the kitchen staff. The larders were kept cool and airy, with windows arranged all around the buildings so that a through draught could be almost guaranteed. Fine mesh on the windows kept the insects out, and ice was brought from the nearby ice house if required. Inside, the game was hung alternately by head and feet to ensure even 'ripening' of the meat. The Balmoral estate was bought in 1852 by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria as a Highland retreat from the stresses of London life. Prince Albert initiated many improvements, including the building of a new holiday home, Balmoral Castle, in 1853-5, and the construction of new cottages for estate workers, new stables, new bridges, a model dairy and, to indulge his passion for shooting, a new venison store. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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