What Was Life Like? Episode 10: Victorians | Meet Victorian Cook Mrs Crocombe

What Was Life Like? Episode 10: Victorians | Meet Victorian Cook Mrs Crocombe


Hi I’m Ollie and hi I’m Jack. We’re here today at Audley End. We’re going to jump back in time to find out what life was like in the kitchen at Audley End House in 1881. We’re going to meet the cook Mrs Crocombe to find out more. Come in. Ahh you must be Master Ollie and Master Jack. Mrs Warwick the housekeeper sent us. We’d like to find out more about the kitchen here. Well, you both look well mannered and I hope your shoes are clean I am making a sweet custard dish for Lord Braybrooke. Would you like me to show you how? Yes, please! Well, firstly I set a custard and then I cut it up into squares and I’m piling it in this dish like a mountain. It’s called schneemilch It was one of the favourites of the queen’s children when they were your age. Are you the only one who works here? I’m in charge, but there are four of us who work here. Myself, then Mary-Ann my first kitchen maid Sylvia my second kitchen maid, and Annie Chase who works in the scullery Is it hard work? We have to cook for Lord and Lady Braybrooke and all their guests as well as all the servants and the servants don’t eat the same dishes as Lord Braybrooke so we do have to make a lot of food. Are your hands clean? Well then, perhaps you’d like to help me? Yes, please! Well, what I’m going to use are some pistachio nuts for decoration but they need to be pounded to small bits, do you think you could do that Ollie? Good. And for you Jack, I’m going to get you to whisk some of this sweetend cream. Where do you and the other servants eat? Ah well, most of the servants eat in the servants hall but I sit with the housekeeper Mrs Warwick Mr Lincoln the butler, the more important servants on a different table Do you know meal times are the only time we get to see the other servants They don’t come in here even the family and usually the guests never come into the kitchen Now, how’s that cream getting on? Let me have a look Oh yes. That’s perfect! I can now start to spoon it on. How does the food get to Lord Braybrooke’s table? Now, that’s the job of the footman and Mr Lincoln the butler, you see I make the food here in the kitchen and then it leaves through the hatch just by the door The dining table is on the other side of the house and upstairs, so the footmen have to move very quickly. Mr Lincoln and I have to be very organised. Are there any children here at Audley End House? Well, not since I’ve been here. Only visitors like yourselves. Lord and Lady Braybrooke, have a daughter Augusta, but she’s married now and got her own house. There. Now how are those pistachios coming on? Good. Ooh well done master Ollie, they do look good. I’ll be able to sprinkle them on very easily Oooh, now now we don’t want you spoiling your dinner. Tsk. Would you like one of my queen drop biscuits? They are my favourite. Mmm yes. What do you think? Mmm Now, I’m going to add some of these rose petals to decorate my schneemilch It looks lovely Ooh tut tut. You must wait until later. Would you like me to serve this to the nursery this evening? Ooh yes please

100 thoughts on “What Was Life Like? Episode 10: Victorians | Meet Victorian Cook Mrs Crocombe”

  1. Thank you for all the comments! If you want to learn more about Mrs Crocombe and her life at Audley End, listen to our new podcast episode with food historian Annie Grey where we discuss Avis Crocombe's life at Audley End https://bit.ly/2VdH3dV

  2. I know the servants all ate differently than the upper table, but do all the servants eat different from each other as well?

  3. Are they the Young Masters of the Audley End House? Or are they some random peasants??
    Edit: Oh.. They're โ€guestsโ€

  4. just take a look at Jack's face when he's whisking! I think he would much rather be exploring the lovely fields of audley end, rather than the kitchen! little does he know he's in the presence of a true queen ๐Ÿ’•

  5. jack licks cream
    Ms. Crocombe โ€œWouldnโ€™t want to spoil your dinner.โ€
    Hands cookies

    But for real why is this me as a grandma!!!

    4:02 that gasp though

  6. How would a cook like mrs c. Be able to afford spectacles? Would she get second hand ones or would her employer buy them for her, in a sort of victorian health insurance via the employer?

  7. Iโ€™m pretty sure by by reading a lot of Journals, diaries, and newspapers from the Victorian era, children of the lower class werenโ€™t treated this nice. Most were physically & mentally abused, worked long hours, neglected when ill and were given leftover food slops. But very nice documentary nevertheless

  8. I love these videos – they remind me a bit of the series 'How We Used to Live' which I always enjoyed.
    I like how by the end of this particular video, both of the boys have completely forgotten that they're time-travellers from 138 years in the future. Maybe one day, their poor parents who are still searching for them after their sudden disappearance in the spring of 2019 in the grounds of the House will visit Audley End again, and find an old
    forgotten painting (or perhaps an early photograph) with the two boys in the background. It will puzzle the parents – it couldn't possibly be the boys, but it looks SO MUCH like them. The terrible unease will haunt them for many years. Records from the late 19th Century make mention of two boys suddenly appearing, without any known family or memory of how they arrived, but orphans are hardly a strange thing in that day and age. Mrs. Crocombe always wonders back to that day, how it was so odd those two just turning up like that.

  9. I love how everything was so elegant and classy
    If Victorian people saw how we act and talk they would mostly faint
    Even though I don't have Engilsh heritage (I'm Mexican, but I have Jew/Native Mexican heritage) I would like a similar channel about New Spain or early Mexico ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. ะขะฐะบ ะทะดะพั€ะพะฒะพ it is so cool and nice ๐Ÿช๐Ÿง๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฏ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŒฐ hello from Russia ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’

  11. My grandma always puts her guests to work in the kitchen๐Ÿ˜‚ gotta make them earn her delicious food

  12. I mean I never thought of visiting UK before but now I wanna visit just to go this place and experience this historical life little bit there ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  13. 3:59 dips finger in cream girl: " you don't want to spoil your dinner! " Also girl: " now do you want a cookie?"

  14. omg i thought Mrs. Crocombe wouldn't have the patience for kids, and yet here she is being an absolute unit of a god mom! What a multi-talented woman!

  15. Me lunching at my grandmother's house: completely fuc** full. Can't eat more…
    My grandmother: Do you want dessert dear?
    Me: 2:00

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