Time Capsule: A Rediscovered Victorian Kitchen

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We love our time capsules here at Apartment Therapy, these rediscovered spaces that have preserved an authentic historical reality — remember this Parisian apartment, this French house, and this London Tube station? Well here's another one: Welsh homeowners recently discovered a 19th-century kitchen well-preserved (if dusty) in the cluttered basement of their old house.

As the Daily Mail reports, the kitchen had been essentially sealed off by piles of junk (which, frankly, I'd like the opportunity to sift through), but it supposedly dates from the 1830s, when a fire prompted renovations (though from the photos, I might guess a few decades later?). The below-stairs kitchen was out of use for decades when it was repurposed as an air raid shelter during World War II.

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The photos reveal two enormous cast iron ranges, pretty typical for the Victorian era, which would have been fueled by coal or wood. You can also see a huge range of copper and cast iron cookware and various intriguing kitchen gadgets. And check out the bells that would have rung when a member of the household wanted to summon a servant. Very Downton Abbey!

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I'm especially drawn to the black-and-white tiles and the apricot warmth of the plasterwork. What's your favorite part?

Check out more images and information at the Daily Mail.

Images: Daily Mail