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Lark Spit. This was a really hard one. It is for cooking small birds such as larks. The hook at the end goes over the front of the roaring fire and the birds would hang, two at a time on the small hooks which could be moved backwards and forwards along the handle to get them the right distance from the flames. Yes, they really did eat larks (but they could be a bit crunchy with all those tiny bones!).

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  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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