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Christmas - The Constantly Changing Tradition

Christmas - The Constantly Changing Tradition

Above: Jane Austen's House and Museum at Christmas.

Everything is constantly evolving and nothing ever stays the same – from our use of language to the way we celebrate Christmas.  Today in most homes the kitchen is the hub of activity throughout the year and even more so at Christmas – where everyone wants to gather and if you are lucky, to join in and help with the preparations.

Our Beau-Port showroom is located close to Jane Austen’s House and Museum, and to what was her brother’s home, Chawton House.  Christmas for Jane Austen and her family and friends was a much lower key event than the season we celebrate today.  It had not yet developed into the elaborate festival known to the Victorians and was much more of a religious occasion.

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Jane Austen's Kitchen Tales

Just a few miles away from our Beau Port showroom is the village of Chawton, where Jane Austen’s House and Museum is located and is currently busy with the visiting media of the world filming everything and anything to do with the publication of Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ two hundred years ago.  For those of you who have visited this historic house, you will have been able to explore the fairly recently restored kitchen, the last part of the house to be opened to the public – thanks to some lottery funding.  The simplicity of these historic kitchens makes you wonder how the cooks of the day managed to turn out such fine food.  The kitchen is separate from the rest of the house, with access to it outside, a few paces away from the side entrance to the house.  The baking oven is in a separate building and where all the laundry was also completed – a kind of Georgian utility room!

I wonder what Jane Austen would have thought about today’s modern kitchens, maybe she would feel more at home in our more traditionally styled kitchens, complete with one of our AGA ranges.  Our more contemporary styled kitchens and the high speed cooking times would stretch her active imagination.

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OUR SHOWROOMS:

Bentworth Showroom

2 & 3 Bellhanger Enterprises,
Bentworth,
Hampshire,
GU34 5QZ

Telephone: 01420 571322

Southsea Showroom

33b Marmion Road,
Southsea,
Hampshire,
PO5 2AT

Telephone: 023 9241 4370