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As explained on the 1940s house page, the most up-to-date 1940s English suburban semi-detached houses were built in the 1930s. All had the same basic plan.
Our estate of suburban houses was, however, fortunate in that the kitchens were larger than most, and had a small walk-in pantry or larder. We always called it a pantry.
The pantry had shelves, walls and window sill tiled in white like the kitchen.
As a hangover from the old outdoor meat safes, the window had wire mesh over it.
The door of the pantry was self-closing which must have been useful with flies around. However many a small visiting child was trapped inside while playing. It was always the first place to look when a child went missing.
Quite apart from food, our pantry was used for storing large kitchen items.
On the floor my mother kept the bread bin, the flour bin, both enamel.
My mother also kept the scales on the floor. They were large, of the balance style, with their own set of iron weights. As the weights were far too heavy for use in general cooking, she relied on volumes: A quarter of a half-pound pack of margarine was 2 ounces; a rounded tablespoon of flour was 1 ounce; a rounded dessert-spoon of sugar was 1 ounce, etc.
Lesser used pots and pans were piled behind.
On the lower middle shelf was the breadboard and the cutlery box. Both were made of white untreated wood, known as whitewood, and, along with our whitewood kitchen table, were scrubbed regularly with a scrubbing brush and household soap from a galvanised bucket of hot water.
More frequently used saucepans and other pans were kept behind.
The upper middle shelf was for fresh food and the top shelf for foods which kept, such as packets of dry rice and tinned foods.