Powder your wig, sir?
Wycoller Hall, as mentioned in a previous blog, was probably the model for Charlotte Brontë's Ferndean Manor where Jane Eyre is finally reunited with Mr. Rochester. To the right of the grand fireplace there is this curiosity and there has been much speculation about its purpose.
The obvious first thought is that it must be a wood store. It is, after all, adjacent to the fire. This theory has been rejected on the grounds that it would not be practicable for such a purpose. A place to dry clothes, keep certain types of food … ? All have been rejected in favour of the view that it was probably used as a place in which to powder one's wig!
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