Kitchen Shaft Hide

Harvington Hall - Kitchen Shaft Hide

Above the bread-oven, in the thickness of the chimney-stack, is the first hiding- place. It is entered through a trapdoor in the floor of the garderobe off the South Room above the kitchen. It seems to have been obsolete by the end of the l6th century.

A brick shaft was built behind the great kitchen to house a pulley-wheel and cord for driving the kitchen spit and the hide itself was pierced to allow the cord to pass through from the shaft to the kitchen. The spit-shaft can be reached through the door in the north-west corner of the kitchen, and the hide can be seen through a hole in the back of the chimney stack.