Object Descriptions Tower House Parlor


On the table sit wooden plates.  The household may have used pewter plates instead.  Spenser would have had a good diet consisting of different kinds of meat, including deer, sheep, domestic and wildfowl, goat and (more rarely) pork; seafood; various grains, particularly wheat, barley and oats; milk products; fruit and vegetables from an orchard and kitchen garden that he probably had (see Tower House Parlor: Apples); and probably honey and beer.

Other table objects here, in the Great Hall and in the Ground Floor Parlor are modeled after Tudor-era facsimiles in wood and pewter found at Barrycourt Castle,  Co. Cork.




Andrew Hadfield, Edmund Spenser:  A Life (Oxford:  Oxford UP, 2012): 218, 220-21.

Eric Klingelhofer, “Edmund Spenser at Kilcolman Castle: the archaeological evidence.”  Post-Medieval Archaeology 39.1 (2005), 133-54.