To romanticise the kitchen as the heart of 5 Cwmdonkin Drive would not be fair to Florrie Thomas. The coal fired range would be kept alight 24 hours a day and all cooking was done on it, above it would have been an ’aunt sally’ to dry clothes. This room was where Florrie worked hard to make cakes, nourishing meals, preserve or pickle fruit and vegetables on a very tight budget.
The scullery and pantry are like built in cupboards in the kitchen. The scullery has a large, deep sink and is lined with shelves for daily crockery, pots and pans.
The pantry is also lined with shelves to store food and the 20th century equivalent of a refrigerator was a large stone slab for storing dairy produce and perishables.
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