Note. Our blog reader 'Greyfox' has noticed Fred's frequent mention of the 'scullery' (what this writer would call the kitchen) and offers this comment of changing uses.
Fred says that Ciss and he “are living in the dining room and scullery” following the bombing. I remember you added a note to an earlier post commenting that Fred mentioned the scullery quite frequently but his only mention of the kitchen was to a kitchen cupboard. Given the original floor-plan of this type of house, I think Fred’s kitchen & scullery were one and the same. (A single room containing a sink, copper, pully-airer, gas stove & kitchen cupboard.)
The word 'kitchen' has changed its meaning over the years.
In the early 1900s the “kitchen” was where the family really lived. (The front room or parlour was kept for best!) By the 1940s people started calling this room the “living room” or, in Fred’s terms in this entry, the “dining room”. I see that, in December, he refers to this as the “living room” & the front room as the “sitting room”.
The scullery was where the food preparation, cooking and washing took place. There was normally a built-in cupboard in which was kept the everyday crockery and all the food except the perishables. (These were kept in the safe just outside the scullery door.) I suspect that was “the kitchen cupboard” where Dinky caught his mouse. By the 1940s people started calling this room the “kitchen”.
There is more material about life in a late Victorian/Edwardian working-class house (very much like Chestnut Road), including a floorplan, here http://www.1900s.org.uk/1900s-house.htm