Kelmarsh Hall has bought to life the history of the servant’s quarters and old laundry from ‘below stairs’ back to life for visitors to discover. Hidden beneath the hall, these rooms are included in a visit to Kelmarsh Hall.
The Butler’s Pantry has some of the oldest remaining features in the service rooms, with the 18th century cupboards and fixtures. Set around an octagonal worktop, the Butler’s pantry was the center of the male servant’s working day.
Just outside is the servant’s staircase. Another original feature to the hall, the stairs ran from the attic to the basement, in clear view of the Butler to oversee the days work.
'Below Stairs' is home to over a dozen spaces the servants would use for their daily tasks. The butler's pantry, brushing room and bake room would have been a hub of activity, while the wine and coal cellars were used for storing goods.
The male servant's bedroom are just beyond the cellars. The bedrooms vary in size and quality and this determined which servants would occupy them.
Experience the day to day life of a servant through handling the brushes, irons, linen and trays from their day to day life.
Our interactive approach to the setting includes the latest technologies of augmented reality, to brings the spaces to life with period characters appearing to tell their story. Our downloadable app enables visitors to interpret the rooms in detail, play games and meet past inhabitants of the hall.
The laundry was built between 1860 – 1870 during the time Richard Naylor owned the hall, to keep up with the ever-increasing washing for the household.
Comprising of three rooms: the wet laundry, the drying room and the laundry office, the laundry block is connected to the main hall through the laundry tunnel into the servant's quarters.
Thanks to a £1.3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, funding from Daventry District Council, along with other grants and the charity’s own fund raising efforts, the Kelmarsh Trust were able to conserve and restore the servants quarters and laundry for visitors between 2013 - 2017.