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The medieval kitchens

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Early 19th century engraving of the medieval kitchens

Few visitors to St. Mary's Guildhall will be aware that the kitchens that have been used to prepare quality dishes for the cafe, weddings and conferences, have been in continuous use, in some form, since the Guildhall was built in the 1340s. In the Guildhall's long history, the kitchens have produced grand banquets for the wealthy guilds and visiting monarchs, whilst also providing for the city's starving weavers when their trade collapsed in the nineteenth century.

Modern hygiene standards required radical updating of the interiors, and the medieval cooks would certainly have struggled to recognise their former workplace. However, as part of the Guildhall Transformation Project, the modern fittings have been stripped away, and the remains of the medieval kitchen revealed once more. Following restoration, we look forward to allowing visitors in to view and enjoy this rare and special place.

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