Buttery

 

Description of the Buttery
The Buttery was not a castle room used for making butter! The Buttery was intended for storing and dispensing beverages, especially ale. Water was not safe to drink and people drank ale and wine in Medieval Castle life. The person who presided over the buttery was called the Butler. Next to the buttery another room was added later called the Bottlery. the Bottlery was intended for storing and dispensing wines and other expensive provisions. It was usually located between the Great Hall and the Kitchen. A store room for provisions. The person who presided over the bottlery was called the Bottler. The Buttery was built against the curtain wall and was connected to the Medieval castle kitchens. Storerooms in the castle were often located over the buttery

 
 
 
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Buttery

  • What was the Origin, Meaning or Definition of the Buttery
  • Description of a castle Buttery
  • What was the purpose of the Buttery?
  • What did Ale have to do with Buttery
  • When was the Buttery introduced?

Buttery

Origin, Meaning of the word 'Buttery'
The Origin and Meaning of the word 'Buttery' derives from the Middle French word 'botte' meaning cask

Introduction of the Buttery in Medieval Castles
The Buttery was introduced with Plantagenet castles during the Medieval period 1154 - 1485

The Medieval Castle Buttery
Facts and information about the many different parts of Castles! The Buttery was one of the most important parts of castle life!

Buttery

Parts of a Castle

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  • Description, purpose and function of the Barbican, Gatehouse, Crenellations and Drawbridge
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