1880s Service Wing

Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life in the Service Wing at Audley End. 

With its stunning open range, high ceilings, kitchenware and copper pans, see the working Victorian kitchen as it would have been in 1882. 

Feel the heat of the oven and inhale seasonal smells, as the staff prepare Lord and Lady Braybrooke's favourite seasonal dishes. You can meet the staff on weekends from April - September, and special event weekends.

Service Wing in Action

See the service wing at work, weekends April-September or on special event weekends. Watch Mrs Crocombe the cook, and her kitchen servants preparing seasonal treats using traditional methods, and the other servants going about their daily chores. Explore the array of rooms that were needed for the smooth running of the service wing.

Mrs Crocombe's Cookbook

Avis Crocombe was the head cook at Audley End in the 1880s and we are fortunate to have her original notebook of recipes in our archives.

From roasted swan to more familiar recipes such as Victorian curry to chocolate pudding, Avis Crocombe's handwrittern cookery book describes step by step how to make a variety of dishes the Victorian way.

Our expert on historic cookery has taken these original recipes to make them avaliable to us today. Why not try and recreate a taste of Audley End in Victorian times?

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Meet the Staff

On special event weekends our working historic kitchen becomes a hive of activity, head downstairs and watch the Audley End staff create a variety of Mrs Crocombe's surviving recipes.

Ask the first kitchenmaid, Mary-Ann, about the Braybrooke's favourite recipes or watch Sylvia, the second kitchenmaid, prepare ingrediants for classic Victorian dishes. If you're lucky you might even meet Mrs Crocombe herself!

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