The Great Kitchen: built in 1816

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h) GREAT KITCHEN: Built in 1816, the kitchen, unlike the rest of the Pavilion, has a Greek Doric facade with pediment and pilasters overlooking Palace Place. Following the purchase of the estate in 1850 the great kitchen was used for art exhibitions, and from 1858 until 1876 it housed the Brighton School of Arts and Crafts which was later to become the Municipal Art College (see “Polytechnic”). The interior has now been restored and is lined with over 600 copper utensils, while the roof is supported on thin iron columns in the form of palm trees. There is also a novel roasting-spit, powered by the convection of its own fire.

Any numerical cross-references in the text above refer to resources in the Sources and Bibliography section of the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder.

Royal Pavilion kitchen before restoration with its ovens, cupboards and tables.
Image reproduced with kind permission from Brighton and Hove in Pictures by Brighton and Hove City Council

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  • I’m interested to know what has happened to the ovens on each side of the great spits. There is only empty space on each side there now.
    Also, from this photo it looks as if the piping for the warming cupboard is in place. The piping is inside the cupboard at present but, again, that left hand wall is empty.
    Will the ovens and piping re-appear at some time?

    By Maggie Grimnsdell (29/10/2019)

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