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Interior. Detail of shelves in larder. Digital image of C 43663.

SC 769736

Description Interior. Detail of shelves in larder. Digital image of C 43663.

Date 25/5/1994

Catalogue Number SC 769736

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 43663

Scope and Content Detail of shelves in larder, Arniston House, Midlothian This shows the larder with whitewashed stone walls and wooden shelves. This room would have been used to store food for the household. A row of hooks on the top shelf near the window may have been for hanging game (to improve the flavour), although larger houses usually had a separate room for this purpose. Before the invention of efficient refrigerators it was very difficult to keep food fresh. Meats and dairy products had to be used quickly, especially in the warm summer months. Most estates had ice houses in their grounds which stored meat underground in ice left over from the winter months. Fruits and vegetables were preserved by bottling or preserving as jams and pickles. Arniston House, the seat of the Dundas family, was built in the Palladian style from 1726 onwards by architect William Adam (1689-1748) on the site of a c.1600 U-plan tower-house. His son John (1721-92) added the west wing and orangery in 1753. The house was further altered during the 19th century, and comprises a central three-storeyed block with flanking two-storeyed service pavilions joined to the main building by two-storeyed links. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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