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Lark Spit. This was a really hard one. It is for cooking small birds such as larks. The hook at the end goes over the front of the roaring fire and the birds would hang, two at a time on the small hooks which could be moved backwards and forwards along the handle to get them the right distance from the flames. Yes, they really did eat larks (but they could be a bit crunchy with all those tiny bones!).

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  • list arrowWould you wee in your dining room?

    Victorian gentlemen did! Some dining rooms (like ours) had a special cupboard to house a chamber pot so all the gentlemen could go for a wee without leaving the table (once the ladies had left the room, of course!).


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