Updating your kitchen?

It wasn’t always so easy.

Things have changed for the better, it seems!  When I was five years old, my parents bought a house that had been built at the turn of the 20th century.  It was in dire need of rehabbing, including the kitchen – which still contained a huge hollow at the base of a chimney, that was intended to accommodate a wood-fired or coal-fired stove and oven.  (With the chimney sealed off and sliding doors installed, it became a very useful cupboard.)  Thing is, when we moved in, it wasn’t too dissimilar to the old-style kitchen shown above – although it didn’t stay that way for long.



  1. Townsend is an awesome channel! I love their videos, and the way they bring history to life…it's wonderful. 🙂

  2. Pressurized Gas and Electricity have totally changed the kitchen. What used to involve a veritable horde of people can now be done by one. Roasting. Yep. Roasting. Used to be only special meals were roasted, due to the labor intensity. Now you can use your oven, heck, you can buy a counter-top rotating roaster.

    Significant changes in our lives have been made in the last 150 years. Yet people still yearn for the 'Good Old Days.'

  3. Great video find, Peter. Well-researched and top production values. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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