Welcome to Charles Wesley’s House, 4 Charles Street, Bristol

Basement & Kitchen

The kitchen is in the basement below street level. It would have been the warmest room in the house as the open fire would have burned constantly. The Wesleys employed servants whose jobs would have included cooking for the family and taking the heated water to various places in the house. Broth and porridge – the staple breakfast of the family – would have been prepared on the open fire.

Rats and mice were rife in Bristol in the eighteenth century because of the city’s busy port. The Wesleys kept a cat which would have spent most of its time in the basement chasing and catching the vermin.

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