Kitchen Table in Taylor's Cottage

Taylor’s Cottage

A visit to Taylor’s Cottage is a delight!  This perfectly preserved building invites exploration and an understanding of what it must have been like to live in the late 19th Century.

Occupied by the Taylor family in the 1880s, this 1860s workman’s home was relocated from the southern end of Meadow Street (number 3 Meadow St) in 1983 by volunteers who dismantled it and moved it to the Guildford Museum Precinct.  It is now part of the Swan Guildford Historical Society’s Museum and is open to the public for tours.  It is reported that thirteen children grew up there, although not all at the same time.  However, it is believed that at one time 9 people lived at Taylor’s cottage,  possibly sleeping on the floor, or the verandahs.

Wander through the two rooms and think what it would have been like to have lived back in those times.  An open fireplace in the kitchen, with fires going 365 days a year, heating water for cooking, bathing, and washing clothes.  How much work would be involved in keeping the family clean, together with constant preparation, eating, and clearing up after every meal?

Your visit will include seeing the implements Mrs Taylor and her daughters would have used to do the washing for the big family. A metal trough, a scrubbing board, the reliable Sunshine soap, with lots and lots of pegs to hang the washing on the clothesline.

Taylor’s Cottage has an authentic ‘thunder box’ in the backyard. The traditional thunder box was widely used, even up to the early 1960s in many Perth suburbs, and in rural areas. Ours, of course, is decommissioned and is simply a display model. It comes complete with red back spider and a snake on the toilet seat!