ROYAL ROYAL AMBIENCE
Whilst researching the past early history of the historic ROYAL HOTEL,GRAHAMSTOWN THAMES NEW ZEALAND,  in  PAPERS PAST, I  was amazed and  filled with wonder at the, sheer opulence of that giddy gold mining era.  A lot of wheeling and dealing went on, fortunes were made and lost, and life was lived to the full, with steamer loads of tourists coming into the town of THAMES for a good time, plus all the Miners hitting the Hotels for some entertainment and relaxation, it was a busy vibrant time.
The Hotels of Thames did a very very good trade and the HOTEL THEATER ROYAL AND CAFE as the Royal Hotel was known before the disastrous fire of 1903, was as beautiful and as luxurious as any European Hotel & Theater, with its  huge glittering crystal gas lit chandeliers, sumptuous velvet drapes and Victorian/Edwardian fittings etc., international stars gracing her stage, she must have been a real beauty to behold !
Here I have  displayed some of the articles that may/would have been used in the Hotel Royal's  kitchen, which by the way was enormous, and also other articles of the period in that heady time.....
The HOTEL ROYALS Kitchen would have had a massive coalrange, I found the original old kitchen chimney stack in an old photo.
The cooking dishes, pots, pans etc., were usually made of cast iron bought out from England, other kitchen ware was usually tin covered with white enamel,ie bowls jugs
The serving dishes  and dining table ware etc., would have been good English silverware and English china.
I have a cook book by the famous MRS BEETON, going by the recipes of the time and the photos of the completed dishes, the guests at the Royal Hotel would have supped very royally, oops excuse the pun.
The Hotel staff would have been neat & well dressed, ie staff apron at right
At the back of the Royal Hotel were  3/4 out buildings, one being the Hotel laundry. One gentleman living at the ROYAL, unfortunately was found deceased  one day in one of the Royal Hotel's outside loos
Washing days would have been long and tiresome to we modern ladies, ie washing boards, primitive hand held agitators and of course the most important Mangle!.
All in all very hands on, from the  cleaning and lighting of grates, silver polishing, floor scrubbing and polishing, laundry work, starching and ironing with those so heavy coalrange heated irons, the kitchen with its heavy iron pots, and continuous baking, all the guest rooms  etc., to be cleaned and polished and beds made up with fresh clean linen. Then there was the Royal Hotel's Smoking Room & Bar//Bars  and all the work that they entailed, with the many kegs of malt beer being hauled in by horse and cart from the ever busy wharf a block away,where ships from Auckland where continuously discharging goods and passengers.
To the right of the ROYAL HOTEL'S Brown St., entrance, only a couple feet away, slap bang up against the side windows, was a small GENERAL GROCER'S SHOP.   The close proximity of this Grocery establishment must have made the ROYALS front Lounge very dark.
Indeed the Royal Hotel was for  some period of time in History a  very busy vibrant business.Enjoy the photos below which gives an idea of what the Royal Hotel could have looked like.....


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The Legend of a Faded Neglected Historic Edwardian Beauty
This old foto of the Royal Hotel shows  quite a busy scene outside  the Williamson Street entrance,, The Grahamtowns wharf is nearby where passengers,visitors from Auckland disembarked..Thames was a very popular place to visit at the turn of the century.
Old butter churn for making fresh butter out of creamVictorian mangle,the sheets etc., would have been put through this mangle before being hung on an outside lineVictorian chaise loungeDetail of chaise lounge backA very old electric ironOld victorian stove, I am not sure what kind of stove was first put in the Royal Hotel , possibly wood fired , then gas, then electricityOld  essential kitchen dresserIron pots and pans such as these would have been used in the Royal's extra large kitchen to feed the many guests..An old potts iron, this was heated by placing it on the coal range...Fancy brass light switch, the Royal Hotel must have had some beautiful furnishings as it was valued at over one and half million dollars at one time, before it went to rack and ruin...must have been something to see....Victorian irond, one very heavy dutyVictorian clothes airerVictorian cooking poyOld  English Victorian hand mixterCarlton Hotel WareCarlton Hotel WareEricson telephoneOld ornate phoneVictorian cast iron shop/counter bellVictorian Silver tea serviceSleep well, top front bedroom Royal Hotel Grahamstown ThamesVictorian Ebony brush & mirror set.Victorian carpet sweeper.Victorian chamber pot.Victorian moustache cup.Victorian writing slope.Victorian wash bowl.Victorian water jug.Victorian water jugWashing board.Victorian silver bruch, mirror and comb set.Victorian Food mouldA Victorian serving maids apron.Victorian apron lace detail.Old English dinner wareBrass shaving set.Edwardian  enamel kitchen strainerEdwardian English Oak long stool.Victorian Brass four poster bed.Ornate Victorian toilet.English pink etched glass gas light shade.
KINDLY  NOTE -ALL MY PRIVATE PHOTOS OF HOTEL ROYAL INTERIOR/EXTERIOR/FITTINGS/ANTIQUES/ETC., ARE COPYRIGHT TO ME H.G.BLOMFIELD..AND/OR JIMMY PATELLO/PHIL SAYER/REG BLOMFIELD, PAUL SAYER -2016ere to add text.