How People Lived

The layout of Tullymurry House is similar to a modern house, with bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floor and living space and kitchen on the ground floor. However, the separation of ‘ servant’ and ‘served’ space makes this house very different.

‘Servant’ space is the area of the house in which the family’s staff would both work and live. The area highlighted in yellow shows the kitchen with the servant’s bedroom above. The servant’s bedroom would be accessed by a small back stair. The ‘servant’ areas of the house would be minimally decorated and sparsely furnished. The kitchen would connect directly to the stable yard at the back of the house allowing for deliveries of food to be made without walking through the house.

‘Served’ space is so called because it is the area of the house served by the staff. The living and dining rooms and family bedrooms are all ‘served’ space. These are the areas the house owners would inhabit and entertain guests. They would be beautifully furnished and decorated with patterned wallpaper. They would also have plaster cornicing and decoration to show the wealth and sophistication of the owners. The ‘served’ space was entered from the front door of the house and the upper floor accessed by a grand staircase.


The kitchen of a Georgian house such as this was made up of three separate rooms, the main cooking area, a scullery and a pantry. This was because there was no electricity and therefore no fridge or freezer, the Georgian cook had to preserve fruit, meat and even eggs to ensure they kept throughout the year and keeping them in the cold and dark pantry. Preserving food as the Georgians did means there is no food waste.

The Georgians did not have television, they played games and music and spent time as a family. This could also help you save money by reducing your electricity bill.