The Medieval kitchen was nothing more than a functional space, it turns out.
Experts have discovered that today’s modern kitchen – a hotbed for discussing gossip, the main family social space, homework room and the place where we eat our meals – couldn’t be further removed from the kitchen of the Dark Ages.
These same experts are working to conserve one of the world's few surviving medieval kitchens at Glastonbury Abbey.
The Abbot's Kitchen, in the grounds of the abbey, was built in the 14th Century.
Work on site will preserve and show off the best and most historic aspects of the kitchen.
And there’s not a sniff of brushed chrome or a flat-screened TV anywhere, we’ve been told. No LED TV - what were they thinking?
Back in the Middles Ages, when Robin Hood was the main focus of the tabloid press’ attention, the medieval kitchen was used simply for roasting, boiling, baking and washing up.
And while we still do all those things today, the kitchen is so much more than simply a functional space to cook, isn’t it?
The Abbot’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey is one of only a handful of medieval kitchen surviving in the world, according to the abbey.
The kitchen's eight-sided interior includes four huge corner fireplaces, each with a different function: roasting, boiling, baking and washing up.
Being the richest monastery in England after Westminster, the abbot at Glastonbury lived and entertained in considerable splendour.
The kitchen was built to reflect that wealth, at some time between 1320 and 1370, and formed part of a lavish suite of rooms for the abbot and his guests.
And while it may seem a little basic by today’s lofty high-spec kitchen standards it was the very height of elegance and totally on-trend back in the day.
Check out this video to see the work in progress: