I have seen something similar in a medieval property here in North Devon.
The alcoves have two slate shelves across them and wine was stored on them.
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> Possibly wine racking? Wine racks tend to be in cellars that can be
> to stop the servants helping themselves.
> John Phillips
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> Hi last week i undertook a survey of Slindon House Cellars, the medieval
> part being the most interesting, one room in particular, the one showing
> alcoves , anyone have any views as to what they were for ?,
> Cheers Rodney W.A.S.